Number of Times Seen – 1 (3 Sep 2015)
Brief Synopsis – Biopic about N.W.A., one of the first gangster Rap music groups that rose in popularity during the late 80’s thru early 90’s
My Take on it – I have never been a fan of rap music and growing up in the 80’s, I stayed as far away from that genre of music whenever I could.
When I heard that this movie came out and how well it did in the box-office, I must admit that I was intrigued and repelled at the same time (especially once I saw the 150 minute run time.)
Surprisingly, I really enjoyed this movie much more than expected.
I found it to be so incredibly informative about the way the lifestyle of the main characters warranted a need for them to find another outlet and way to rise up from the ghetto they lived in.
I really liked the way that all of the characters are shown as doing both good and bad things and it seemed (at least to me) that they weren’t trying to sugarcoat their own actions, this made it feel even more realistic for me.
As the movie rolled on, I began to understand a lot more about the “rap singer lifestyle” and started to appreciate even more the talent and the drive needed for any (and all) of them to survive.
I believe that the police are depicted as being more evil then they probably were, but I wasn’t there, so many in L.A. the police needed to act like that…I dunno.
I read that the original cut was 3 and a half hours long and I actually would be interested in seeing that one day, but even at 150 minutes, this movie felt too short and there were too many scenes which felt like they should have been longer, but instead were cut short; an extra hour could have really helped.
Bottom Line – Very informative biopic that does a great job of showing all of its characters in a seemingly realistic light; none are perfectly good or bad, but rather a mixture of both. Would have been even more effective if it had been longer because there were a few parts that felt like they jumped a bit too quickly to the next part of the story. Never was a fan of rap, but this movie makes me understand and appreciate the music genre much more than beforehand. Highly Recommended!
MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – At one point the script called for a scene between Dr. Dre and Eminem, where Eminem would be portrayed at the beginning of his career being discovered by Dre. Producers even courted actor Ansel Elgort to play the Detroit rapper. But, the script was changed and no scene was ever shot. (From IMDB)
Rating – Oscar Worthy
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