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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;…
Really a shame that this movie hasn't aged particularly well, nor is it currently relevant to 2014. Yep, real shame.
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…
Having seen Malcolm X when I was a white privileged teenager the film made next to no impact on me. His speeches were so anti-white I felt that similar feeling #allmen have when the patriarchy is attacked by women. Well, of course I was wrong.
I'd like to think I'm much wiser now and can recognise those gaping hideous elements of stupidity from my teenage years. So this time I watched Malcolm X - all 3 hours and 22 minutes of it - I really watched Malcolm X and saw it this time.
It's interesting that it pulls no punches and does not paint him as an obvious hero - shows his criminal beginnings, his jail time then him being…
This review reportedly contains spoilers. I can handle the truth.
Spike Lee sure knows how to make 3 1/2 hours fly by.
I could go on about how well crafted all of the thematic and contextual elements of this film are, but I already know that Lee is a filmmaker of great depth and wisdom. Instead, I want to praise just how well crafted this film is technically.
Spike Lee really knows how to use music to underline a scene. His selections are so good that even when you notice the music, you notice how wonderfully it is underlining what is happening in the scene. When he uses it as foreground, as in the dance scene, it still works toward the vibrancy of the film. It never feels like he's…
This review reportedly contains spoilers. I can handle the truth.
Película 52 (y última) de mi Reto Cinéfilo 2015, correspondiente a la categoría 33: Una película estrenada en el año en que naciste (1992). Con esta película doy por culminado el reto.
Completísima revisión histórica de un personaje polémico, para mí con demasiadas escenas sobrantes hablando de su valor como película, pero que quedarían perfectas si se hubiera contado la historia en forma de documental.
Lo mejor, la actuación de Denzel Washington (que ayudan a mitigar un poco el efecto cansino del metraje) y los aproximados 20 minutos correspondientes a la escena del asesinato (adrenalina y acción pura).
Denzel carries this film in a performance that's not as full-bodied as it is full-minded. In the beginning of the film, Denzel plays Malcolm (then known as “Red”) as flashy and exuberant as seems possible. His toothy grin and wise-guy attitude reminds me of the way Paul Muni carried himself in the original Scarface. Like Muni, despite his flashy facade, what's compelling is the monstrous conscious beneath, a man who knows the immensity of his failings but with a strange desire to keep failing.
For Denzel, this comes through in the quieter moments, when he is alone with the white girl in a hotel room early in the movie. He sits on the bed staring at her, devoid of any…
First you were a lost victim.
Then you were a radical leader.
In the end you only asked for justice, equality and freedom.
Hate only generates more hate.
Truly Spike Lee´s magnum opus: Good acting (Denzel Washington gives one hell of a great performance), a top-notch production, excelent direction and it truly does capture the life and work of one of the most controversial American historical figures in a way that it´s both entertaining and really insightful.
Yeah, I wont deny the movie has a political agenda and some people may qualify it as propaganda but it was a rewarding experience and overall a really good movie.
Perhaps my only complain is that the runtime was too long (more than 3 hours...) but other than that highly recommended.
Expansive, and quite excellent on a scene-by-scene basis, but it doesn't really build momentum as one might hope it would. Some major caveats exist, such as Spike Lee's casting of himself, the niggling annoyances caused by the half of his ostentatious directorial touches that don't work, and the tone, which is reverential to a fault (the movie never seems to place us in the shoes of its questioning protagonist... even the early scenes have the promise of something greater built into them). Washington is nothing less than amazing in the lead role, though, and through his transformations, he manages to push the movie through transformations that the script doesn't quite seem to recognize.
The quintessential Denzel Washington performance in Spike Lee's most controlled film (that I've seen). He perfectly balances his Spike Lee-isms (dynamic energy with flamboyant colors) with biopic storytelling (Malcolm's relationship with his family) to give one of the greats in the genre. Malcolm X's life was fascinating, and Lee and Washington aren't afraid to attack it head on, from his early years as a crook to his latter years as a faithful Muslim man. The intelligence is there early, but the way it develops as the man develops as a leader of the Civil Rights Movement is fascinating. This three-and-a-half-hour film flies by more than most films of that length.
Along with Selma, Malcolm X is THE film about the black experience during the 60s made by a black filmmaker. They would make an ICONIC double feature, if you have five or six hours to spare on the two movies combined.
Minor criminal Malcolm Little (Denzel Washington) is arrested for robbing the home of a wealthy white couple and sentenced to eight to ten years in prison because of his association with white women. In prison, he joins the Nation of Islam led by Elijah Muhammad and changes his name to Malcolm X. After he delivers a controversial speech following the assassination of President Kennedy, Muhammad ostracizes his charismatic protegé.
In response, Malcolm rededicates himself to his faith and goes on a hajj. When he returns, he announces plans to form a rival mosque, but the Nation of Islam has him assassinated before he can follow through with his plans.
Washington is phenomenal, delivering the firebrand passion we expect, but also…
This is about as pure as a biopic can be while still being really good, I think. Modern biopic makers can learn from this film, I think, as it doesn't recontextualize the subject's life around a simple main theme to give the film a narrative (The Imitation Game) or merely present all the main events in order connected by no theme really at all, except maybe survival (The Theory of Everything). It may be, though, that Spike Lee just captured lightning in a bottle with this film. Malcolm X' s life was definitely story-like enough to be good biopic material, and strong writing and Lee's signature style help to elevate it beyond standard biopic fare somewhat. The two things that…
perfect. this is what all biopics should aspire to be
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