STRAIGHT OUTTA COMPTON, film review, September 2015

I went to the Hoyts cinemas at Tea Tree Plaza to see the film Straight Outta Compton, the biopic of the late 1980s and early 90s “gangsta rap” scene in LA, in particular the rise and fall of supergroup “N.W.A” and featuring the stories of gangsta rap/hip hop legends Eazy-E, Ice Cube, Dr Dre, Suge Knight, Snoop Dogg & 2Pac. In fact, Ice Cube & Dr Dre had significant input into the making of this film.

This review will be a little different than my usual reviews: I had high hopes for this film. I’d heard great initial reviews and word of mouth.

So:
If you don’t like excessive bad language – DON’T see this film.
If you don’t like drug use on film – DON’T see this film.
If you don’t like the unspoken undercurrent of American racism or *any* racism being shown on film – DON’T see this film.
If you don’t like ‘gangsta rap’/hip hop music – DON’T see this film.
If you want to see one of the best films of 2015, and possibly of the last 15 years – If you haven’t already, **GO AND SEE THIS FILM**!

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Bottom line, this film made me, a middle-aged white Australian single dad, care a lot more about the lives of five black American young men singing gangsta rap songs.

“That sh!t was dope, dawg!!”

4.5 stars!! (I dropped off a half-star because I thought the third and final act of the film went a bit too long. A technicality, but, yeah, there it is)

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David Emms is an electronic engineer, a father, and an avid movie goer.

He lives in Adelaide.