The first movie by John Singleton it is also the first movie that clearly portrays the life in a poor black neighborhood. If it seems to you now like it includes some formula like parts, remember that this is the movie that created this "formula" by which many other hood movies got filmed.It is done in a wonderful way. While some elements of this life are already very well known to the point that they may become a cliche in a movie, in this case the director manages to portray it all very realistic and easy to connect to the people in the movie. There is great acting and a special mention should be of Ice Cube for whom this was his acting debut. He portrays Dough in a brilliant way. He may be the guy who went the wrong road but we can see him being a good person and not having made these choices just on his own but being part of the system that pushed him into it. No wonder Ice Cube continued his acting career and is pretty successful.Definitely a nice classic from the 90's that I recommend to people who want to watch a realistic and dramatic movie that makes one both think and feel
Boyz N The HoodAmong many heartfelt sequences, the key in here that binds it all is a father and son's relationship that is portrayed with equal innocence as it was written, which is clearly visible in here. John Singleton's amazing writing and brilliant execution skills brings out more from character's perspective that goes deep into it whilst still playing on surface. Cuba Gooding Jr. is doing some of his best work in here but the real game changer is Lawrence Fishburne as a soothing and resolved father in this convoluted world. Boyz N The Hood takes it lightly in its first half and builds up this character driven feature in its second one before the intensity increases and stakes grows bigger than usual (which is projected smartly) in its stunning final act.
Good movie, good casting. The first movie in which we see actors like Laurence Fishburne, Cuba Gooding Jr, Ice Cube, Angela Bassett and others in prominent roles.
It's a film with some resemblance to Spike Lee's "do the right thing," made just 2 years earlier. This "boyz n the hood" does not reach the same level as Spike Lee's film, but it has many merits.
Perhaps it could have been more "bold" on this issue of the problem of black neighborhoods in the United States.
Boyz N the Hood is a very good drama about surviving a bad environment and choices we make. Now I have no personal connection to the movie as far as where or how I was raised. However I did find it to be a very well directed and written story. The movie comes off authentic. John Singleton did a wonderful job on the script showing the many different elements, characters, and story lines. I also like that he spent time showing the characters young growing up in the environment and older growing up in the environment. It has wonderful cast with wonderful performances by Cuba Gooding Jr., Ice Cube, Angela Bassett, Morris Chestnut, and incredible performance by Lawrence Fishburn. I have seen Boyz N the Hood several times over the years and find it to be very deep and meaningful each time. John Singleton said in the commentary of the movie that this was the most personal movie, and it shows. It is one of his best movies. It is a very good drama.