Flash Movie Review: Straight Outta Compton

Besides being a valid emotion, anger can play a vital component in the creative process. Some of the most beautiful classical music we listen to, from artists such as Frederic Chopin and Pyotr Tchaikovsky, came out of outrage for what was taking place within their respective countries. If you take a look at the paintings by Francis Bacon you cannot tell me there were not some kernels of anger inside of him that generated some of his creations. Of course, the arts are not the only beneficiary of angry emotions; I believe every facet of any field from sports to science has individuals who were motivated by anger and frustration. It is like the basketball player who was told he was too short to play, who then pushed himself harder to become a better player. As for me, it took me many years to understand my anger and direct it to something positive. Being told I was too big and could not play in some athletic games caused me to take my anger and stuff it inside of myself. However, I thought that meant I should stuff my face constantly with food. I do not know if there was a single event or something else that flipped a switch inside of me that motivated me to start exercising and focus on healthier food choices; but whatever it was, I am grateful I learned how to deal with my emotions in a nurturing way. Watching this musical movie one cannot help noticing how anger played a part in everyone’s life. Β  Β FROM a tough neighborhood three friends came together to vent their anger in song that caused a revolution of change. The first thing I want to say is directed at those individuals who do not like rap or hip-hop music. Please do not let that determine whether you watch this biographical drama because you would be missing out on a raw and compelling movie watching experience. I am not a fan of some types of rap music but seeing how the songs in this film came about added a whole new level of understanding for me. Starring newcomer O’Shea Jackson Jr. as Ice Cube, Corey Hawkins (Non-Stop, Romeo and Juliet) as Dr. Dre and Jason Mitchell (Contraband, Broken City) as Eazy-E; these three actors did an intense job playing members of the musical group N.W.A. Having O’Shea play his real life father Ice Cube was creative cloning casting by the studio because he looked just like his father. Now I will say there were parts of the story where I had to wonder if things were being exaggerated or sanitized because they seemed so outrageous to me. But ultimately I did not care because I felt I was watching musical history being made. There was strong language used throughout the movie.


3 1/4 stars




About moviejoltz

From a long line of movie afficionados, one brother was the #1 renter of movies in the country with Blockbuster, I am following in the same traditions that came before me. To balance out the long hours seated in dark movie theaters, I also teach yoga and cycling. For the past 3 years, I have correctly picked the major Oscar winners... so join me as we explore the wonder of movies and search for that perfect 4 star movie.

Posted on August 17, 2015, in Drama and tagged , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 10 Comments.

  1. Interesting. My husband is keen on seeing this movie as he likes rap music from that era. I don’t enjoy that music so assumed I would be giving this movie a wide berth. Your review stating that the social realism is compelling enough to bridge the musical divide makes me reconsider.

    • Since your husband is familiar with that era’s rap music I would really like to hear his take on the film. As for me I felt the same way as you until the movie started and grabbed me quickly. Thanks for the comments as always.

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    Oh yah… going to see this movie tomorrow night & then I’ll come back and read your review so I’m not influenced by your opinion of the film. LOL 😁

    • I do the same thing, I avoid reviews until after I have seen and written my review. Please come back to tell me your views on the film; I cannot wait. Thank you for your comments.

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    Oh my… I saw that 3 1/4 stars but didn’t read blog post… darn it ! LOL

  4. My daughter loves rap music and hip-hop so have been introduced to many different styles of it in the past few years and some I’ve actually started liking. This would be a good movie to go see with her. I’ll let you know if we do (or just her) and what the take on it is. Thanks for the review!

  5. I’m not into rap music ( although it has improved a lot ) but I’ve heard good things about this movie. Will be watching.

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