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OldBoy 08-12-15 03:00 PM

Straight Outta Compton (Gray, 2015) — The Reviews Thread
 
Please continue pre-release discussion here.

Movie:
"Straight Outta Compton" (Starring: O’Shea Jackson Jr., Corey Hawkins, Jason Mitchell, Neil Brown Jr., Paul Giamatti)

Release Date:
8/14/15

Rating:
R (for sci-language throughout, strong sexuality/nudity, violence, and drug use throughout.)

Running Time:
147m. (2h. 27m.)

Budget:
$30 million (estimated)

IMDb Synopsis:
Spoiler:
In 1987, five young men, using brutally honest rhymes and hardcore beats, put their frustration and anger about life in the most dangerous place in America into the most powerful weapon they had: their music. Taking us back to where it all began, Straight Outta Compton tells the true story of how these cultural rebels-armed only with their lyrics, swagger, bravado and raw talent-stood up to the authorities that meant to keep them down and formed the world's most dangerous group, N.W.A. And as they spoke the truth that no one had before and exposed life in the hood, their voice ignited a social revolution that is still reverberating today.


IMDb Info and Rating:
0.0 (0 votes as of 8/12/15

Rotten Tomatoes:
Fresh:18 Rotten:03 (86% as of 8/12/15)

Metacritic:
72 metascore ('Generally favorable reviews' as of 8/12/15)

Trailer:
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Poster Art:
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DJariya 08-12-15 03:07 PM

Re: Straight Outta Compton (Gray, 2015) — The Reviews Thread
 
Will try to see this on Sunday. Have to work Friday and late Saturday night.

Hopefully it's a good biopic. The last music themed biopic I saw was Get on Up, which I really liked.

csant 08-12-15 03:46 PM

Re: Straight Outta Compton (Gray, 2015) — The Reviews Thread
 
Im going to watch it tomorrow night.

Throwing Copper 08-13-15 10:57 PM

Re: Straight Outta Compton (Gray, 2015) — The Reviews Thread
 
anybody go to the 8 or 10 pm showings tonight?

How big were the crowds, and how was the movie?

Defiant1 08-14-15 12:54 AM

Re: Straight Outta Compton (Gray, 2015) — The Reviews Thread
 
The budget's only $30M? Oh, this is going to make major bank for Universal.

RichC2 08-14-15 01:29 AM

Re: Straight Outta Compton (Gray, 2015) — The Reviews Thread
 
Pretty solid interview with Gray. It's kind of cool seeing a director talk about the embarrassing directions they gave in earlier movies and being put in their place by established actors. Also, a little insight into Universal's massive success this year. And his explanation (not defense) of A Man Apart and Be Cool.

http://deadline.com/2015/08/f-gary-g...-a-1201498938/

Ash Ketchum 08-14-15 08:47 AM

Re: Straight Outta Compton (Gray, 2015) — The Reviews Thread
 

Originally Posted by Defiant1 (Post 12561646)
The budget's only $30M? Oh, this is going to make major bank for Universal.

As usual, the white man gets all the money.

Mondo Kane 08-14-15 08:09 PM

Re: Straight Outta Compton (Gray, 2015) — The Reviews Thread
 
Random thoughts/reactions:

Acting is very good all around. Every review I've seen/read kept complaining about the final act, but I thought a lot of the strongest acting occurs there (Eazy & Jerry's final meeting, hospital scenes)

Cube Jr actually has some great screen presence (More so when he had the curl) and---Holy shit---The dude that played Suge. Not only was I not expecting to see Suge DOMINATE so much of this movie, but the likeness and performance was frickin' eerie!
Hawkins as Dre eventually grew on me. He finally got to shine during the Death Row scenes.
Ren was barely noticable in this. On the other hand, Yella seemed to get way more lines and screen time. Who woulda thought?

Glad to see glimpses of the WCWC days! And even though it's mentioned in the other N.W.A thread, I'm glad D.O.C. (And his accident) was included. That easily could've been thrown in the deleted-scenes pile, but a pivotal line from Suge caused it to stay there. Plus I didn't expect to see Cube's brief Nation-of-Islam phase included in this. Kudos for that being thrown in.
And I never thought I would've heard the word "Bompton" being mentioned in a big screen, mainstream release!

One missed opportunity was (After Yella places the "Bone" tape on Eazy's deathbed) the inclusion of "Tha Crossroads" playing over the following sequences. But it didn't happen. Damn. I would've loved that.

The most eye-rolling and cringeworthy scene to me was Dre finding out about a certain death of a loved one during the middle of the movie. Not only does the worst acting of the film occur there, but it even becomes laughable thanks to the bad reaction shots and mopey music score. That was straight up Crappy-made-for-TV-music-biopic shit right there.

Lastly, if you're a big P-Funk fan, don't miss this in theaters. Some classic jams get bumped here.

VHS? 08-15-15 12:44 AM

Re: Straight Outta Compton (Gray, 2015) — The Reviews Thread
 
Saw the 6pm showing tonight and I loved it. While it was a bit long, I think it needed to be. It really made sure to include as much as possible.
If you didnt know who NWA were or it's members, you learned watching this.
I would have liked to seen a little It's On (Dr. Dre) 187um Killa chapter since they did put focus on Cube and Eazy's feuds.

Overall this is a BD buy for sure and I hope it includes a sit ton of extras.
I could watch a 3hr+ cut of this if it included some more background.

Crocker Jarmen 08-15-15 01:38 AM

Re: Straight Outta Compton (Gray, 2015) — The Reviews Thread
 

Originally Posted by RichC2 (Post 12561658)
Pretty solid interview with Gray. It's kind of cool seeing a director talk about the embarrassing directions they gave in earlier movies and being put in their place by established actors. Also, a little insight into Universal's massive success this year. And his explanation (not defense) of A Man Apart and Be Cool.

http://deadline.com/2015/08/f-gary-g...-a-1201498938/

Wow, thanks for sharing. That's one of the best director interviews I've ever read.

Mondo Kane 08-15-15 05:23 PM

Re: Straight Outta Compton (Gray, 2015) — The Reviews Thread
 
Thread almost disappeared into page 2 already. Merciful bump.

dex14 08-15-15 06:15 PM

Re: Straight Outta Compton (Gray, 2015) — The Reviews Thread
 
I enjoyed it. It didn't feel like 2.5 hours. I thought everyone in it was great.

VHS? 08-15-15 06:38 PM

Re: Straight Outta Compton (Gray, 2015) — The Reviews Thread
 
I wonder if the BD will have a the 3 1/2 cut and how much stuff is in that cut that warrants such a version.

Solid Snake 08-15-15 06:39 PM

Re: Straight Outta Compton (Gray, 2015) — The Reviews Thread
 
Well we won't know till we know, man.

VHS? 08-15-15 06:43 PM

Re: Straight Outta Compton (Gray, 2015) — The Reviews Thread
 
Makes sense.

dsa_shea 08-15-15 08:24 PM

Re: Straight Outta Compton (Gray, 2015) — The Reviews Thread
 
Yeah, not knowing until you do know makes sense for about every bit of knowledge in life.

VHS? 08-15-15 11:43 PM

Re: Straight Outta Compton (Gray, 2015) — The Reviews Thread
 
Well you cant know until you know but the only way to find out is wait and see ...

I forgot to mention the best part of the movie.
The first time 'Eazy' sings 'Boyz-n-the-Hood' :lol:

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Mondo Kane 08-16-15 12:30 AM

Re: Straight Outta Compton (Gray, 2015) — The Reviews Thread
 
^Who were the NY rappers that were originally supposed to do that song? That was news to me!

VHS? 08-16-15 12:38 AM

Re: Straight Outta Compton (Gray, 2015) — The Reviews Thread
 
H. B. O.

Boba Fett 08-16-15 01:05 AM

Re: Straight Outta Compton (Gray, 2015) — The Reviews Thread
 
Accidentally posted this in the other thread, will repost here as it's more appropriate-

I really feel like I might write up a full review on this one, but here's what I posted on Facebook:

So, "Straight Outta Compton." Anyone who really knows me well, knows I've been an Ice Cube fan since I was nine years old; "Death Certificate" is one of my all time favorite albums and I probably listen to it monthly. I was extremely nervous at how badly an NWA biopic could go, especially with F. Gary Gray at the helm. The good news is that it exceeded all my expectations and is a very entertaining, and generally engaging epic. The film sadly though, suffers from revisionist history with the close involvement of Dr. Dre. For the most part the personal foibles of all the major players are covered in at least passing, if not in great detail (the film does nothing to change my perception of Eazy-E as a slimy snake). The major exception is Dr. Dre's notable violent assault on Dee Barnes in the early 90s; Dre was not the somewhat saintly character the film tries to portray him as. Dre himself in the past few days has admitted his violent past, but still, anyone walking away from this film might have some big misconceptions about the man (on my way out from the theater, a dad was telling his son Eazy-E may have been a great performer, but was no one to idolize; the same in some ways should be said of Dre). At the end of the day, the film does lose a lot of steam in its final forty minutes as it splits into three nearly separate stories; I honestly feel it's a film that will benefit from a more roomy director's cut. Most importantly to me though, the film really shows a whole new generation and the uninitiated the cultural impact of not just NWA but Ice Cube, who is now almost a household name in family comedy. If you even have a passing interest in rap or music history, don't miss your chance of seeing this on the big screen, it's one of 2015's better offerings.

Boba Fett 08-16-15 01:07 AM

Re: Straight Outta Compton (Gray, 2015) — The Reviews Thread
 

Originally Posted by Mondo Kane (Post 12562286)
Random thoughts/reactions:

Acting is very good all around. Every review I've seen/read kept complaining about the final act, but I thought a lot of the strongest acting occurs there (Eazy & Jerry's final meeting, hospital scenes)

Cube Jr actually has some great screen presence (More so when he had the curl) and---Holy shit---The dude that played Suge. Not only was I not expecting to see Suge DOMINATE so much of this movie, but the likeness and performance was frickin' eerie!
Hawkins as Dre eventually grew on me. He finally got to shine during the Death Row scenes.
Ren was barely noticable in this. On the other hand, Yella seemed to get way more lines and screen time. Who woulda thought?

Glad to see glimpses of the WCWC days! And even though it's mentioned in the other N.W.A thread, I'm glad D.O.C. (And his accident) was included. That easily could've been thrown in the deleted-scenes pile, but a pivotal line from Suge caused it to stay there. Plus I didn't expect to see Cube's brief Nation-of-Islam phase included in this. Kudos for that being thrown in.
And I never thought I would've heard the word "Bompton" being mentioned in a big screen, mainstream release!

One missed opportunity was (After Yella places the "Bone" tape on Eazy's deathbed) the inclusion of "Tha Crossroads" playing over the following sequences. But it didn't happen. Damn. I would've loved that.

The most eye-rolling and cringeworthy scene to me was Dre finding out about a certain death of a loved one during the middle of the movie. Not only does the worst acting of the film occur there, but it even becomes laughable thanks to the bad reaction shots and mopey music score. That was straight up Crappy-made-for-TV-music-biopic shit right there.

Lastly, if you're a big P-Funk fan, don't miss this in theaters. Some classic jams get bumped here.

The WCWC stuff was a little confusing; they mostly played it off like they were local DJs, when in reality they actually recorded two full albums.

VHS? 08-16-15 01:31 AM

Re: Straight Outta Compton (Gray, 2015) — The Reviews Thread
 
I dont think that was intentional. I just think they only had so much to tell and move on to the next chapter in their lives of creating NWA. I mentioned it already, they left out the album dis between Dre and Eazy (It's On (Dr. Dre) 187um Killa), while including Cube's album feud.

Boba Fett 08-16-15 01:42 AM

Re: Straight Outta Compton (Gray, 2015) — The Reviews Thread
 

Originally Posted by VHS? (Post 12563037)
I dont think that was intentional. I just think they only had so much to tell and move on to the next chapter in their lives of creating NWA. I mentioned it already, they left out the album dis between Dre and Eazy (It's On (Dr. Dre) 187um Killa), while including Cube's album feud.

I'm curious if any of the Eazy/Dre feud was even filmed; as I mentioned in my initial thoughts post, I feel the film paints Dre in an unjustifiably positive, unflawed light.

VHS? 08-16-15 01:49 AM

Re: Straight Outta Compton (Gray, 2015) — The Reviews Thread
 
I'd like to know that as well and if it was, I hope it makes it to BD. I'll watch a 3.5hr version if they have more of what I know, as a fan who followed all the shit from start to finish.
It does look like they made Dre to be flawless and I hope there is a cut that shows otherwise. if you're gonna make everyone else show their shit, you better do it to.

Mondo Kane 08-16-15 03:42 AM

Re: Straight Outta Compton (Gray, 2015) — The Reviews Thread
 

Originally Posted by VHS? (Post 12563009)
H. B. O.

Thanks. I heard it name-dropped, but didn't even know that was a name of a group.


Originally Posted by VHS? (Post 12563037)
I mentioned it already, they left out the album dis between Dre and Eazy (It's On (Dr. Dre) 187um Killa), while including Cube's album feud.

I'm thinking multiple feuds just would've been too redundant for an under-3-hour, wide-release version. The theatrical cut seemed to give the impression that "No Vaseline" was all one needed to know about the inner feud between members....And they certainly gave plenty of space devoted to that track, didn't they? :D

Spiderbite 08-16-15 12:24 PM

Re: Straight Outta Compton (Gray, 2015) — The Reviews Thread
 

Originally Posted by VHS? (Post 12563037)
I mentioned it already, they left out the album dis between Dre and Eazy (It's On (Dr. Dre) 187um Killa), while including Cube's album feud.

Such an awful album.

VHS? 08-16-15 01:45 PM

Re: Straight Outta Compton (Gray, 2015) — The Reviews Thread
 
Says the Dre fan ... ;)

Bluelitespecial 08-16-15 01:49 PM

Re: Straight Outta Compton (Gray, 2015) — The Reviews Thread
 
I saw it last night, it was good, but honestly it felt like it could have been over 3 hours, that way the ending wouldn't have seemed rushed.

Spiderbite 08-16-15 07:11 PM

Re: Straight Outta Compton (Gray, 2015) — The Reviews Thread
 

Originally Posted by VHS? (Post 12563248)
Says the Dre fan ... ;)

Haha. I was actually an Eazy-E fan from the first N.W.A. song I ever heard (though I may have heard Eazy's solo album before Straight Outta Compton).

I actually just streamed that album on Spotify to see if I just had a bad memory of it. Nope. Still awful. Terrible rhymes, copy-cat beats from The Chronic, and poor guest rappers. Just all around awful. His EP 5150 released right before it was also poorly done.

You could see how much Dre meant to Eazy-E. Maybe not so much to Ice Cube.

Why So Blu? 08-17-15 02:05 AM

Re: Straight Outta Compton (Gray, 2015) — The Reviews Thread
 
Just got back from this and I thought was pretty awesome. It was a sold out show, too, on a goddamn Sunday night in La Caρada? Yessir.

I noticed at least 3 cameos by F. Gary Gray - he was in the beginning of the film and says what's up to Dre as he's walking up to the house, then he's the radio DJ spinning the first Ruthless single, and then he was possibly the dude that parked in Suge's spot and got beaten up.

The film was long but went by fast. I would not mind seeing an alternate or director's cut version on the Blu-ray at all.

I also wouldn't have a problem putting this one on my Top-1o list either. Ice Cube Jr. play this pops right.

DJariya 08-17-15 09:58 PM

Re: Straight Outta Compton (Gray, 2015) — The Reviews Thread
 
Just got back from seeing a matinee.

I really enjoyed it. Yes, it was really long, but I thought the pacing was good and the movie moved really fast.

Great performances by all the key actors: O'Shea Jr., Hawkins and Mitchell. I even liked Giamatti as their manager as well. O'Shea Jr. was almost a spitting image of his Dad, although he's more soft spoken in his speaking voice. But, I thought Jason Mitchell was absolutely terrific as Eazy E. Very sad story with him and his final days.

I wasn't really into NWA in their hey day. More of a casual observer. Didn't realize how much shit they got for "Fuck the Police"

Was surprised at how much they covered in this film. It was a little over 10 years of their history together. Was surprised that they went through Dre's Death Row tenure as well. And wow, I know it's all true from all the reports, but they really portrayed Suge Knight as the nasty thug that he was. I'm glad that Dre wised up and got the fuck away from that psycho back in the late 90's. Loved the little 2Pac and Snoop Dogg appearances.

I know F. Gary Gray doesn't do commentaries, but I would love it if Dre and Cube did the commentary of this film. I think they would provide great perspective of this movie and their history together.

The movie ended a little abruptly, but I thought it was a damn good movie overall. I'd give it an A-

Throwing Copper 08-18-15 12:02 AM

Re: Straight Outta Compton (Gray, 2015) — The Reviews Thread
 

Originally Posted by DJariya (Post 12564412)

And wow, I know it's all true from all the reports, but they really portrayed Suge Knight as the nasty thug that he was. I'm glad that Dre wised up and got the fuck away from that psycho back in the late 90's. Loved the little 2Pac and Snoop Dogg appearances.


Sadly, we lost 2pac & Biggie in their prime because of Knight. He should have been locked up for good a long, long time ago.

Boba Fett 08-18-15 12:10 AM

Re: Straight Outta Compton (Gray, 2015) — The Reviews Thread
 

Originally Posted by Throwing Copper (Post 12564490)
Sadly, we lost 2pac & Biggie in their prime because of Knight. He should have been locked up for good a long, long time ago.

And some might say Eazy-E; this conspiracy theory has been around for a long time.


Throwing Copper 08-18-15 12:31 AM

Re: Straight Outta Compton (Gray, 2015) — The Reviews Thread
 

Originally Posted by Boba Fett (Post 12564492)
And some might say Eazy-E; this conspiracy theory has been around for a long time.


Yeah, for someone to basically make fun of a person who died a horrible death from AIDS is disgusting.

Dr. Dre was very smart and fortunate to escape from all that nonsense with Suge.

OldBoy 08-19-15 03:56 PM

Re: Straight Outta Compton (Gray, 2015) — The Reviews Thread
 
amazing film. the performances were spot on. i loved everything about this one: the acting, the story, the music, everything...

just outstanding all around. chills at the right moments. heartache. this just had it all and Gray knocked it out of the park with his direction of stellar performances.

i really hope the Academy gives it some love, any love, especially for Jason Mitchell who was sublime as Eazy-E.

easily, one of the best i've seen this year.

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OldBoy 08-19-15 06:13 PM

Re: Straight Outta Compton (Gray, 2015) — The Reviews Thread
 
more people here need to see this movie ASAP...

SPiRAL 08-19-15 09:30 PM

Re: Straight Outta Compton (Gray, 2015) — The Reviews Thread
 

Originally Posted by Mondo Kane (Post 12563071)


I'm thinking multiple feuds just would've been too redundant for an under-3-hour, wide-release version. The theatrical cut seemed to give the impression that "No Vaseline" was all one needed to know about the inner feud between members....And they certainly gave plenty of space devoted to that track, didn't they? :D

Same here.


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