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Wednesday, 9 September 2015


Friday director F. Gary Gray walks with some familiar faces in the music bio-pic Straight Outta Compton, depicting the short-lived rise & fall of pioneering West Coast rap act N.WA.
It's follows the group in 1986 as they come together and leads right up to the 1996 birth of Aftermath Entertainment, so obviously it follows the members for quite a few years after the demise of the controversial group.  So with that being said, it might not be so much a N.W.A. bio-pic and more a E, Dre & Cube bio-pic seeing as M.C. Ren, The D.O.C. and DJ Yella are largely ignored in it's 2½ hour running time.  It's not often when a film like this hires actors who look like the people their playing have actual talent but thankfully due to some excellent direction and strong performances it never becomes distracting or overly phony.  It glazes over quite a few shadier incidents involving our "heroes" of the film but nothing that would push the dramatic plotting of the film.  It's not the perfect musical bio-pic but certainly is one of the more easily digestible and entertaining.

3½ Bye, Felicia's out of 5

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