When a two and a half hour movie goes by in a flash, you know you’ve been entertained.
Straight Outta Compton directed by F Gary Gray (director of TLC’s video “Waterfalls”) was truly compelling. Perhaps this is partly due to the fact that I didn’t know the story, but the tale is inspirational in its theme of men with a passion overcoming all odds (poverty, drug addled neighborhoods, violence, lack of education, racist police groups).
This could be debated (and feel free), but I believe making it in the music industry may be more difficult than athletics. Much, from what I’ve read about, is being in the right place at the right time and NWA was there.
The acting was very well done (O’Shea Jackson Jr.’s [Ice Cube real life son], Corey Hawkins, Jason Mitchell) brought a mixture of intense drama with comic moments as well.
I feel smarter about the plight of African Americans in the 1990’s and the hip hop movement due to this film.