It’s one of the best musical biopics you’ll ever see.
Is it worth $10? Yes
What an awesome surprise “Straight Outta Compton” is. If you think this is just another “Behind The Music” TV-quality retrospective of famous musicians, you’d be sorely mistaken. This film has grit, universal appeal and the conviction to tell the story of rap group N.W.A. with startling candor, from vast success to internal dissension to heartbreak.
In 1986 N.W.A. (an acronym that cannot be spelled out by someone who’s white) burst onto the scene with their breakthrough album “Straight Outta Compton.” “Our art is a reflection of our reality,” founding member Ice Cube (O’Shea Jackson) says, and true to form the group’s daily lives surrounded by gangs, drugs, abusive cops and other dangers serve as inspiration for N.W.A.’s music. After the release of the hit song “Boyz-n-the-Hood” the group, which also includes Dr. Dre (Corey Hawkins), Eazy-E (Jason Mitchell), DJ Yella (Neil Brown Jr.) and MC Ren (Aldis Hodge), is signed by manager Jerry Heller (Paul Giamatti) to produce a record. Hit songs include “F--- the Police,” “Express Yourself,” “Gangsta Gangsta,” the titular “Straight Outta Compton” and more. Police and authority figures hate their anti-establishment messages, but they’re a huge hit, ultimately selling three million records.