Why ‘Straight Outta Compton’ Might be the Best Movie I’ve Seen this Summer

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crazy muthafucka named Ice Cube!

Most movies I go to see in the theaters revolve around action or stupid humor, i.e. ‘Mad Max’, ‘Mission Impossible’, ‘Lets be Cops’. This movie doesn’t fit either of those standards, and it might just be the best movie I’ve seen this summer. The opening scene to the movie had our hearts pumping, and when the title flashed across the screen after it concluded all I could think was “holy shit. The movie focuses on the formation and lives of the N.W.A. in the late 80’s and early 90’s in case you didn’t know. Of the five rappers the film focuses almost equally on the 3 most prominent of the five; Ice Cube, Dr. Dre, and Eazy-E, and how the three friends turned their passion into something that quite literally changed the rap game forever. We see how they grew up and all the bullshit they had to go through with the LAPD constantly harassing and arresting residents of Compton based on the color of their skin and the way they dressed. It’s despicable, and its kinda weird how the stuff they went through over 20 years ago is still on the news today, cops beating and arresting people for no reason. I’m just saying its kinda weird how the release of this movie happened while society is currently dealing with those same issues. Don’t get me wrong, I know not all cops are bad, I am not an anti-cop guy. Cops are people and there are good people and there are bad people.

Still, I liked that we got to see what life is like on the other side of the tracks. I grew up in a town in Western Massachusetts, far away from Compton, California. I never knew what life was like having to sell drugs just to stay afloat or be harassed by cops or gangs. Seeing that, you can kinda understand why they wrote their songs with such controversial lyrics about slinging dope and gang activity or even the infamous “Fuck the Police” that outraged the Federal Government and Law Enforcement nationwide (go figure). What I also loved about this movie was that it had heart; you felt for these guys, everyone judged them for the way they looked but they were passionate and loved what they did, but of course, money becomes the issue. You follow them from rags to riches and you’ll laugh and cry and have a ton of fun along the way. You care about these guys and want them to succeed and although the movie does slow down a bit in the middle but it picks back up towards the end. Great Performances by all the actors, special praise goes to Ice Cube’s son O’Shea Jackson Jr. for playing his own father. A1 movie overall, a theater experience unlike any other I’ve had, hits you right in the feels. My one gripe is that the last scene in the movie wasn’t Dr. Dre being introduced to a small skinny white kid from Detroit. They did give Mr. Marshall Mathers a shoutout in the end credits but that scene would’ve been great to see.