The summer’s most buzzed about movie, Straight Outta Compton,  finally hits theaters today! The Heart of Cool team got the opportunity to attend the film’s premiere on Monday and left totally inspired by the story of N.W.A..

Produced by original members of N.W.A., Dr. Dre and Ice Cube, Straight Outta Compton stars O’Shea Jackson Jr., Corey Hawkins and Jason Mitchell as Ice Cube, Dr. Dre and Eazy-E, and is directed by F. Gary Gray (Friday, Set It Off, The Italian Job). The film began with scenes set in the heart of Compton’s drug and gang infested environment, solidifying the fact that Compton, California wasn’t Pleasantville, USA. You immediately see that N.W.A. was formed in America’s underbelly which was apparently a  recipe for success.

After seeing where each member came from, you want to see everyone succeed and the film takes you through a journey of emotions. There’s so much excitement when you hear Eazy-E’s classic opening line, “cruising down the street in my 6-4”,  anger when you witness the police brutality that still persists today,  and sadness when you see the demise of the group and then Eazy’s fatal battle with A.I.D.S.

Script and storyline aside, the casting was impeccable. It’s without saying that O’Shea Jackson Jr. is a spitting image of his famous father, Ice Cube. In some scenes you completely forget that it’s not actually Cube on the screen.  It should also be noted that both  Corey Hawkins and Jason Mitchell made for very convincing Dr. Dre and Eazy-E characters.

The film was extremely well made and left you wanting to turn on your N.W.A./ West Coast Hip Hop Pandora station. It is definitely a must see – check it out in theaters TODAY!

– Yasmine

 

4 COMMENTS

  1. if you are a fan of N.W.A like me here is the movie for you.Straight Outta Compton might lose some steam at end and they missed some events that would have been great to see, none the less this is a must see for fans as for with great directing and acting I say check it out 8.3/10

    1. I totally understand where you are coming from. However, if they would have included everything, perhaps the movie would have been 5 hours :-). When Tash and I went to the premiere, Director, F. Gary Gray, said that he will be releasing a director’s cut. Perhaps some of the things that were missing that you missed, will be included.

      Thank you kindly for your feedback.

      ?Love & Light☀️,
      Cris

  2. Straight Outta Compton tells the astonishing story of how these young men revolutionized music and pop culture forever the moment they told the world the truth about life in the hood and ignited a cultural war. A power and the consequences of abusing it. Would the movie be better if it didn’t sidestep the band’s misogyny, gay-bashing and malicious infighting?

    1. Peace!

      Here is the thing about movies. You have 1.5 hours or 2 hours roughly. I am sure you can imagine that it is rather challenging to cover years of material and all of the different dynamics and perspective in that timeframe. Perhaps the director did not want to focus on the misogyny, but it does not mean that that it makes the misogyny null and void.

      Thanks for your feedback!

      Love & Light,
      Cris

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