Straight Outta Compton (2015)
Brad Wenzel Raves:
Straight Outta Compton is a biopic documenting the history of iconic rap group, N.W.A. Not only was N.W.A known for their attitude, but also for providing handy acronyms so white people could also call the group by name.
This film has everything you want in a music biopic. For example, less than five minutes into the movie Dr. Dre’s Mom (Mrs. Dre) says, “YOU AINT EVER GONNA MAKE IT!” and not too long after that someone says “That’ll never work.” Good news gang… It DOES work and they DO make it.
Rumor has it, after being turned down for the role of Suge Knight, Paul Giamatti totally nailed his audition for manager, Jerry Heller. You go, Paul.
The cops come off looking like real dicks in this movie. A particularly powerful scene shows Paul Giamatti’s character having to explain to the LAPD what a rapper is and why that’s not illegal. It’s pretty obvious why N.W.A portrayed the fuzz in an unflattering light in their music. The police were less than courteous to the group on several occasions.
The film also touches on the origins of other iconic rappers including Tupac and Snoop Dogg. However, the acknowledgment that has created the most buzz is the nod to the California Raisins. The raisins were referenced as the lifeblood of the first record label to sign N.W.A. Finally, this collection of charismatic dried grapes were given the credit they deserve for their role in creating the gangster rap genre. Based on the success of Straight Outta Compton, rumors have been circulating regarding a California Raisins biopic as well. Straight Outta Bran Flakes is expected to hit theaters sometime next summer. The film is speculated to have just as much Paul Giamatti and surprisingly just as much use of the N word.
Great casting. It was nice to see the Tupac hologram is still getting work.
Brad Wenzel Scathes:
Very little time is spent covering Dr. Dre getting his doctorate, but the storyline still makes sense.
Ice Cube is played by O’Shea Jackson Jr. Personally, I would have liked to see Ice Cube play himself. However, these days he is mainly focused on the family comedy genre. I don’t know how it’s even possible, but somehow Ice Cube’s life story seems too vulgar and violent for Ice Cube to star in.
*Turns out O'Shea Jackson Jr.is Ice Cube’s son. I had no idea.
Suge Knight comes off looking like a real hot head. Calm down, Suge!
Brad Wenzel Rates It: Five Stars?
*Originally published August 21, 2015
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