Originally posted on Deadline:
Straight Outta Compton also happens to be straight outta current headlines. Opening the same week as more inner-city civil unrest unfolds on the first anniversary of the riots in Ferguson, MO that followed Michael Brown’s death at the hands of a white police officer, the showbiz biopic that charts the rise, fall, breakup, tragedies and social impact of gangsta rap pioneers N.W.A. is uncannily timed.
The fierce power of their lyrics in anthems like “F**k The Police” actually seems now to be more prescient and hold more resonance than even in 1988, when this local Compton rap group broke through to the big time. But as I say in video review (click the link above), the story of the evolution of Ice Cube, Dr. Dre and Eazy-E into controversial musical superstars is a human one that doesn’t let up from start to finish, despite a near 2 1/2-hour running time.
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