You are now about to witness the strength of street knowledge…told in the medium of film. After many years of development, a first look at the impactful career of the highly controversial rap group known as NWA (N***az With Attitudes) has finally materialized into a trailer, and a red-band one at that.
And really, it does its job in yours truly’s opinion in building buzz. The recognizable music tracks that the group is often known for are all present, while simultaneously establishing the explosive impact they had at the time in society. It seems to work on the front that even if one had limited knowledge of N.W.A, someone could see and hear why this group was influential, both in good and bad ways.
The real standout after viewing though is how on-point the casting appears to be. Sure, the actual acting may prove to be suspect once the whole film rolls out, but from what is seen here? They don’t look too bad. Everyone, especially those starring as Eazy-E & Ice Cube (the latter played by Ice Cube’s real life son) resemble who they are acting as. It may be a positive that the key characters are going to be played by relative unknowns, but seeing Paul Giamatti here definitely doesn’t hurt in the critical role of Jerry Heller.
It remains to be seen how exactly N.W.A will be portrayed, and maybe if it is overly one-sided in its presentation of them or not. But, this early preview of Straight Outta Compton shows that audiences are guaranteed to get one thing from this as the summer winds down: Attitude.
Trailer credits goes to Universal Pictures.
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