A Blast from the Past
I’m a bit of a sucker. I admit, I bit just about every cool looking movie trailer hook, line, and sinker. You saw my last post about The Avengers. Clearly that movie didn’t live up to expectations. But that’s what is so exciting about the trailers, is that they get you so pumped up for what could potentially be a great movie.
I don’t like to look at reviews, because I’ve seen some movies get absolutely panned in the past, and I ended up loving them.
When I saw the trailer for ‘Straight Outta Compton’, it got me more excited for a movie than I might have been in years. Why you ask? Because I grew up in that era. Yeah, I was some kid from the burbs, bumpin’ that gangster rap just like everyone else out there, bobbing my head (with less rhythm than most) playing those tapes, yes cassette tapes just like my friends were.
I remember that time in my life so fondly, so when the trailer came out and I saw it for the first time, I had to watch it over and over.
So, my buddy Tim from Fullerton called me, and said we had to plan a special evening out to watch the movie. He rented a limo from this Limo Company in Fullerton, picked me up at my apartment in North Hollywood, and went out to a nice dinner near his place up in Yorba Linda where we reminisced about the days when we would look at Dr. Dre, Ice Cube, MC Ren, and Eazy E, D.O.C, and Yella. Their first album pretty much set the stage for the modern hip hop culture as we know it, so I thought this was well worth the time to talk about us growing up during that time.
I could go on for days about how iconic Dr. Dre and Ice Cube are, and Eazy E’s voice will forever reside in my head. I’ll just say that I don’t think there’s another three more influential hip hop artists than these three were. Ever. Bold Statement, but I think it’s true.
After our dinner, we went to the theater and were captivated by the amazing job that the cast and directors/producers did on the movie. Ice Cube’s character is played by his son, so it’s so spot on that you have a hard time believing that Ice Cube isn’t playing himself the entire movie.
I read some commentary after the movie that they left some very important stuff out, but in any movie, there’s going to be important stuff left out, that’s just part of the gig.
I was very impressed, and would give the movie 4.5 out of 5 stars, which is a very high rating on my very tough movie critic scale.
Thankfully, after a stinker of a movie in the last Avengers, I was rewarded with a gem in ‘Straight Outta Compton’.
If you haven’t seen it, I would bust a move, and get to your nearest theater before it leaves. You won’t regret it!
A Blast from the Past