I'm a sucker for movies about music. They combine two things that are individually attractive enough that I fill my life with as much of them as possible so when they come together it is nearly always something akin to a euphoric feeling. I count Walk the Line among one of my favorite films of all time, I think Notorious was largely unappreciated because of its January release date, I still listen to the Inside Llewyn Davis soundtrack on a regular basis, I put Get On Up in my top ten last year and Whiplash at number two if that adds anything to my argument. Needless to say, I've been excited for what director F. Gary Gray (Friday, The Italian Job) might bring to the table with his N.W.A. biopic and if this first, red-band trailer is any indication things look extremely promising. Featuring an introduction from Ice Cube and Dr. Dre this nearly four-minute first glimpse gives us an idea of how far the two hip-hop superstars have come since first starting out and how long our society has left to go. I'm sure it's weird for them to see these iconic moments of their lives recreated as they didn't seem them as much as "moments" when they were living them as they were simply trying to make it, but damn if you can't feel the electricity in this trailer. All of that said, I don't personally have an emotional connection to the group or any of its music, but am of course familiar with it and with the story of the group so while it's not a story I've been dying to see brought to the big screen it is the type of story I love to watch and am optimistic for what is to come. Starring O'Shea Jackson Jr. as Ice Cube, Corey Hawkins as Dr. Dre and Jason Mitchell as Easy-E along with Aldis Hodge, Neil Brown Jr., Marlon Yates Jr, Paul Giamatti, Keith Stanfield, Orlando Brown, Corey Reynolds, Keith Powers and R. Marcus Taylor Straight Outta Compton opens on August 15th.


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