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The biopic of the controversial and influential Black Nationalist leader.
If the montage at the end of this film doesn't make you well up, you may just be dead inside.
Yes, it's manipulative. Yes, it's largely working with the traditional conceits of a biopic. Yes, it has an agenda.
I could not give less of a shit.
This is transcendent cinema. This is one of our greatest directors, and one of our greatest actors, telling a truly epic tale. It's grandiose. It's full of emotion and heart. It's utterly captivating throughout. It feels like eight movies in one, and yet never feels disjointed.
I honestly am lacking some of the words. It's just great. Watch it. I know it's over 200 minutes long, but it shoots by, trust me. It's worth it. Lord knows it's worth it.
Film #27 of Project 90
”No, we've never seen democracy! All we've seen is hypocrisy! We don't see any American Dream. We've experienced only the American Nightmare!”
Malcolm X is all about its central character, although it is portraying some iconic moments of civil rights movement but at the center of that movement is a man whose revolutionary character change is the main focus of the film. In this epic depiction of the life of one of the most influential and of course controversial figures of contemporary America, director Spike Lee portrays a restless soul who is searching for ultimate peace and harmony, a man who never lived a quiet life, from his early gangster days as Malcolm “Red” Little…
Director: Spike Lee (Third Film)
Growing up, I don't think I really heard much about Malcolm X - the subject of this biopic. Rather the attention every Black History Month (an obtuse month in my opinion) would likely be focused on Martin Luthor King, or Nelson Mandela or one of those depicted as saintly characters. In regards to those two anyway, I never really heard anything other than the positives they contributed to society in general but also for civil rights/anti-apartheid movements.
What I never knew about these characters was in-fact that they weren't so saintly. The latter in particular; of course he was a great man in hindsight but like Malcolm X, he produced both great deeds;…
This is what Spike can achieve when he is focused. This is what happens when he is absolutely so passionate about telling a story that he doesn't allow himself to become sidetracked with too many issues. It helps of course that he has an actor truly hitting his stride in Denzel Washington. This displays a director bringing together all of his varied work tools to create a piece of work that will stand the test of time.
As with many of his early films the energy behind this biopic could be sourced from within the hip-hop community at the time. With artists such as Brand Nubian, Paris, KRS-One and Public Enemy…
Really a shame that this movie hasn't aged particularly well, nor is it currently relevant to 2014. Yep, real shame.
When discussing Malcolm X people talk about Denzel Washington's performance, the scope of the film, and the importance of the subject matter. All those things are there and are great, but I was not at all aware how weird this movie is. The first third, in Malcolm's (or Red as he calls himself) "gangster" days, is almost cartoonish in its costuming, colors, theatrical acting and sets. It draws on the nightmarish/dreamlike quality of a film like Night of the Hunter and the raw spontaneity of Black musicals like Stormy Weather. I'm sure those who are more film literate than me could uncover a litany of influences and references.
The film also uses discontinuous editing at times, drawing attention to a…
Great film. Amazing performance by Denzel. It really portrayed Malcolm X's life well.
Recent films, such as, The Social Network, Lincoln, Foxcatcher and Selma, have made a pretty good case for biopics to be about a smaller, more contained span of time. These films are less about checking off event after event in a character's life but instead focusing on a specific moment and finding the most in that moment.
Malcolm X is very much NOT that kind of film. You see Malcolm from a toddler all the way to his dying moment.
Rewatching this, it shows that a biopic made like this can be just as incredible though.
Malcolm X is the panicle of Spike Lee and Denzel Washington’s collaboration. A phenomenal biopic that isn’t overly reverent or cynical. It also serves as a great period piece and shows not only the struggle of African Americans from without their culture, but also from within.
Malcolm X is an excellent biopic about the turbulent uprising of one of the greatest and most controversial civil rights leaders. One can feel its three hour running time, but I was never truly bored, instead I was engaged about this mans life story, always interested in what would happen next. Boasting a great lead from Denzel Washington, conviction-filled performances, beautifully composed cinematography and a smooth pace that nicely develops the story, Malcolm X is a biopic I recommend most people see at least once.
Sim, é possível fazer uma biografia militante e ao mesmo tempo honesta e ponderada.
A perfect film in my eyes. Peter Boyle even shows up. C' mon.
It's unwieldy, it takes too long to get from "Red" to Malcolm, and the Mandela epilogue is awkward. I wouldn't really change any of these things, though - there's something inherently revolutionary about Malcolm X getting the sort of 3-hour-plus, self-consciously "important" biopic treatment usually reserved for great old white men. It's still Denzel's greatest performance, it's Spike Lee's most energetic and vital film besides Do the Right Thing, and its message feels even more urgent now than it did in 1992. Also, the last half hour, especially the sequence set to Sam Cooke's "A Change is Gonna Come," is no less devastating after multiple rewatches.
This is Film 21 in my 90 From The 90's project.
Malcolm X is often the forgotten civil rights leader who was lost in Martian Luther King's shadow. and when he is remembered it is his aggressive messages that have filtered down through the years.
With that in mind, Spike Lee gives us a rather level-headed look at the life of Malcolm X. He explores Malcolm's early life, his involvement in crime, imprisonment, conversion to Islam, and his rise and fall through the ranks of the Nation of Islam. The story is carried on the back of Denzel Washington's Oscar-worthy performance.
Only complaints I have are the its length, about an hour too long maybe, and the usual downfalls of biopics, but it is a solid movie, and should be watched if it means more familiarity with its subject.
A very long and demanding but entirely crucial watch. I admittedly didn't know a great deal about Malcolm X before this movie but I sure do now, because at over 3 hours long this Spike Lee joint is certainly the definitive look at Malcolm X's life and work. It also provides Denzel Washington with what is probably one of the greatest screen performances of all time and I feel a little sick when I think about how he was snubbed of that Oscar win.