Blu-Ray Review – The Defiant Ones



Jimmy Iovine and Andre “Dr. Dre” Young have done more to shape modern music than most. As Young hits the back nine of his career, and Iovine’s best days in the producer’s studio are behind them, it’s not shocking to see that retrospective pieces are coming out. Straight Outta Compton was a manicured look at Young’s career rise from the streets of Compton with NWA, avoiding things such as the number of allegations of violence against him, and while The Defiant Ones is a more in-depth piece that has the same flaws as the film version behind NWA had.

It’s manicured to a ridiculous degree to make it as safe as possible.

The four-part series follows Iovine and Young from their youths in relatively poor parts of the country, the Red Hook section of Brooklyn for Iovine and Compton for Young, and follows them throughout their lives. Along the way we have plenty of musicians and celebrities discussing their contributions, achievements and accomplishments into the music industry.

It’s an interesting perspective, with some illuminating footage of the two, but unfortunately Allen Hughes has also made it as positive as possible on both as well. It’s not objective as it more of an electronic press kit.

Nothing of note.

HBO presents The Defiant Ones. Directed by Allen Hughes. Run Time: 266 minutes. No Rating. Released on: 11.28.17

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