The first part of Straight Outta Compton is pretty terrific, but the movie evolves into something I’ve seen too often: the filmmakers running down a checklist. ‘OK, now we’re talking about censorship, we’ve done that, now let’s talk about the band members getting their due, OK, done, now let’s get all serious when one of the band members starts having health issues. Etc.’ I’ve seen this before too many times, and it’s hardly optimal. Jersey Boys, and to a lesser degree Love & Mercy were afflicted by the same problem.
Optimally, the story would continue the arc it sets out on, and not diverge among the various strands of storyline. That is, it would follow a path through The Doors. Nonetheless, the stories are compelling, and Straight Outta Compton is punchy enough to recommend. On the low end of 7/10