From the opening credits, the Straight Outta Compton movie grabs viewers with a scene that proves how much “heart” Eric “Eazy E” Wright had — height be damned. Involving a trap house, plus police rolling through with a battering ram as one of the founding N.W.A. members broke out windows and ran across rooftops, trying to dodge a pit bull and the “po po” (police), the Straight Outta Compton movie is earning every bit of its current 85 percent Rotten Tomatoes rating.
As reported by the Inquisitr, Straight Outta Compton is set to bring in a pretty big haul at the box office, too. With many cities offering at least one Thursday night showing — a day earlier than the Friday, August 14, wide release — the movie had already landed at the top spot of pre-ticket sales, according to Fandango.
Now Google Trends reports that Straight Outta Compton received more than 500,000 searches on the search engine on Thursday, August 13. Related searches including “Straight Outta Compton movie” and just ” Compton” itself also flowed into the search engine. Reviews from moviegoers are also flowing into Twitter under the #StraightOuttaCompton hashtag, with some tweeters calling it the best film they’ve seen thus far in 2015.
There are also reports coming out of Los Angeles that the city’s police department has increased their presence for the Straight Outta Compton Thursday opening, reports Variety. The move is quite ironic, considering a constant theme throughout the movie shows the Los Angeles Police Department hassling N.W.A. all throughout their journey on their rise to stardom. From scenes that show N.W.A. being repeatedly forced onto the sidewalk and pushed down on the ground by black and white cops in a dehumanizing manner, the group takes back their power by leaking the FBI’s attempts to silence them to the press.
Free publicity is what Eazy-E called it — and he was right. N.W.A. also boldly performed their “F*** the Police” song at a Detroit concert even when they’d just been warned by the police not to do so. Shots fired in the crowd as the cops mounted the stage to arrest the band sent concertgoers into a frenzy.
But the heart of the film resides in the band of brothers who planned to reunite N.W.A. before Eazy-E’s untimely death. The music takes filmgoers on a ride through the late 1980s and into the 1990s, with a cast of familiar folks who gleaned knowledge from Eazy, Dr. Dre, and others. From Eminem to Snoop Dogg to Tupac Shakur and Bone Thugs in Harmony, the effect of the group is felt in the lives they touched.
While the movie doesn’t delve into Dr. Dre’s assault on Dee Barnes, as reported by the Daily Beast, it doesn’t shy away from the misogyny and use of some women as bikini-clad playthings. It’s a lesson that ended up costing Eazy-E his life, and that message resonates years after his death.
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