Straight Outta Compton
First screened in August 2015
Director: F. Gary Gray. Cast: O'Shea Jackson Jr., Corey Hawkins, Jason Mitchell, Paul Giamatti, Aldis Hodge, Neil Brown Jr., Marlon Yates Jr., R. Marcos Taylor, Keith Powers, Corey Reynolds, Tate Ellington, Lisa Renée Pitts, Sheldon A. Smith, LaKeith Stanfield, Alexandra Shipp, Carra Patterson, Elena Goode, Tim Connolly, Matthew Boylan, Chic Daniel, Cris D'Annunzio, Dan Wells, Asia'h Epperson. Screenplay: Jonathan Herman and Andrea Berloff (from a screen story by S. Leigh Savidge, Alan Wenkus, and Andrea Berloff). Twitter Capsule:
Prints the legend, but it's quite a legend, with dope record-scratches. Disorderly plots. Terrific leads.
Patent laundering makes story less complex, portrait less textured, and politics vague. But it treats pop with rare seriousness and black (male) ambition with dignity.