RELEASED 2015 RUNTIME 147 MIN LANGUAGE ENGLISH DIRECTION F. GARY GRAY SCREENPLAY JONATHAN HERMAN, ANDREA BERLOFF STARRING JASON MITCHELL, O’SHEA JACKSON JR., COREY HAWKINS, PAUL GIAMATTI, ALDIS HODGE, NEIL BROWN JR., MARLON YATES JR., COREY REYNOLDS, R. MARCOS TAYLOR, ALEXANDRA SHIPP, ANGELA ELAYNE, LISA RENEE PITTS MUSIC JOSEPH TRAPANESE
If you are a music lover of any kind you should watch this. I’m not too familiar with West Coast gangster rap, but I certainly have listened to N.W.A. on occasions, as well as some of the solo projects from certain band members.
Basically this movie is a big homage to N.W.A. and the LA gangster rap scene. But it also tells a story how fucked up the music business is and how it can take a toll on friendships.
I like how edgy the relationship between the band members was being portrayed. The movie doesn’t try to paint a bright picture, but shows the flaws of each individual. I didn’t know how problematic the relationships inside the group actually were. Well it explains why they only produced one album in its full squad.
The performances were really good all around. Besides Paul Giamatti I haven’t heard of any of the actors, but they all did a really good job.
Of course Ice Cube and Dr Dre were in the forefront of the story, but Eazy E in particular stood out to me. A lot of the story revolves around him, which is interesting because I had no idea how important he was for the group.
The movie has some minor flaws in the sense that there were a few small scenes that don’t go anywhere. Especially one involving a certain LA event teases some big story plot, but suddenly ends and doesn’t go anywhere. Another introduces a certain person from Dr Dre’s life, but after the scene we never hear from the person again.
Overall I really like the movie and it has certainly peaked my interest about the LA rap scene from the 90’s. The next few days I guess I will have to catch up on some music 😉
Btw. FUCK the police! 😉