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Dome Pondering Movie Review: Straight Outta Compton (2015)

What is it about? 

The story of the rise and fall of the N.W.A. group. 

Who is in it?

O'Shea Jackson Jr. - Ice Cube

Corey Hawkins - Dr. Dre

Jason Mitchell - Eazy E

Favorite Scene: 

After taking their tour to Detroit, the group were warned by lawn enforcement to not play "F--- The Police". Mid-way through the show, the group decides to, which eventually leads to them getting arrested and a riot breaking out. 

Favorite Quote: 

"Speak a little truth and people lose their minds."

Review: 

I wasn't sure what to expect when it came to Straight Outta Compton. Many had high regards for it, others told me it wasn't that great. Then of course, there is the whole issue regarding the Oscars. 

In my opinion, SOC is an absolutely fantastic film. So well done. So different from other portrayals of rap or hip hop movies based on the artists (see: Notorious, and all of it's terribleness). The film is shot so well, especially it's camera angles and cinematography - it really is a wonder to watch. The addition of real news clips from the past was also a nice touch that added to the authenticity and feel of the film.

As for the talent, everyone involved with casting deserves the highest praise. O'Shea Jackson Jr.'s portrayal of his dad was downright scary. Corey Hawkins was great as Dr. Dre. And finally, of them all, Jason Mitchell stole the movie as Eazy E. 

Again, a phenomenal film. How this film wasn't nominated for an Oscar is mind boggling. But then again, is it really? 

All in all, a really good film if you were on the fence about SOC. 

Grade: 4/5

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