COMING SOON: Straight Outta Compton Will Drive By The UK This Week

By Anton Constantinou

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This Friday sees the UK drop of hip hop bio drama film, Straight Outta Compton

Centered on the rise and fall of gangster rap group, N.W.A, and borrowing its title from their debut studio album, it re imagines life on the tough streets of Compton during the days of the one the most controversial acts in the game.

Reference points in the film include the group’s national tour across the United States, rioting, contract conflict and the tragic passing of Eazy E to HIV. Following its US release on August 14th, the flick has been met with mixed reviews. Some have said it focuses too much on police brutality- to such extent that the group  come off as ruthless gangsters. Others have felt it too gratuitous, lacking in good acting and a solid plot. That said, a lot of critics have sung its praises- the general consensus being that its unashamedly honest in its portrayal of  the music business and gang life in Compton. The film has also been celebrated for its thrilling cinematography and soundtrack.

Interestingly, in laying bare the life and times of N.W.A, it’s brought to light some telling home truths on the band members. Dr Dre for example has been pulled on his mistreatment of women back in the day and has  had to send out a public apology. The film is also said skip over some important facts- from Dre’s 1987 arrest, to Eazy’s seven kids. At 2.5 hours long though, there’s only so much that can be squeezed in before it becomes convoluted.

We’re yet to see it, but we have high hopes for it being the next Boyz n the Hood. Directing the film is Felix Gary Gray- best known for his work on Friday and the remake of The Italian Job. The film has also spawned Dre’s third and final studio album, Compton. With guest appearances from Kendrick Lamar, Snoop Dogg, Eminem and  Xzibit, its an lp well worth listing to.

If you haven’t already made plans this Friday evening, get down  to the cinema! Straight Outta Compton isn’t a film to miss!

 

 

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