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The biopic of the controversial and influential Black Nationalist leader.
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…
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.
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…
This review reportedly contains spoilers. I can handle the truth.
I totally dug this film when I saw it back in high school, and I don't really know why. I guess I admire how Malcolm X himself just cut through racism and put the facts forward so blatantly and in your face, it was something refreshing, if not educational. I remember seeing the film in Sydney and not realising it was over three hours long - the trains stopped running and I had to wait an hour for the 'night ride' bus service to take me back to the suburbs - I didn't get to sleep until something like 3.30am and it was a school night. But i never regretted it.
I remembered it being one of my favourite films…
"We don't see any American Dream. We've experienced only the American Nightmare!"
Spike Lee took on famed, maybe notoriously so, Civil Rights leader Malcolm X in his 1992 film, Malcolm X starring Denzel Washington. What could be a fairly by the numbers, one sided biopic on the life and times of this fairly divisive man ends up being an incredibly intriguing look into one man's struggles and beliefs. From his early days, to the final moments of his life, the film paints a portrait of a man who wants to help his race move forward no matter what it takes. For better or worse, Malcolm pushes forward, through robbery, drugs, racism, Islam, and denouncing the state, his life is one…
This might get my vote for best biopic ever.
Somehow I found the first portion of the film, about Malcolm's earlier years, rather unengaging. But the film became more interesting as it went on.
A film as complex and conflicted as its subject. I just wish it was as radical.
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Well-made and necessary film about a polarising figure that needs champions lest he fall further into the kind of villainous narrative history has kind of painted for him in the context of Civil Rights (i.e. MLK = the 'good' way of achieving progress, X the 'bad' way). In fact, seems like almost a mea culpa on the part of director Lee, whose Do The Right Thing ends with seemingly polar opposite quotations from the two icons - a juxtaposition that serves that film well, but has been taken well out of context; Lee does there what he implores the viewer not to do in the last few scenes of this film when interpreting Malcolm X's message.
Dramatically it all works…
A biopic that's moving, visually playful and not overwhelmingly didactic is something pretty rare in cinema, and Spike Lee has left most films of this ilk in his wake with the brilliant Malcolm X.
What's so immediately striking about the film is that its visuals are always interesting; every fourth scene or so Lee does something highly stylised, either with the production design, camera movement or in editing, making it hard to peg down any succinct visual style, instead it becomes this ever-evolving mesh of engaging sequences that could easily stand alone on their own and be read, analysed and dissected in so very many ways.
The film also earns its 206min runtime, it feels like we have witnessed a…
Enormous biopic of the controversial and polarizing civil rights figure Malcom X, who encouraged black people living in America to rise up against the racial violence that white people were subjecting them to. Film starts with Malcom as a young socialite in Harlem and his progression to convict and religious convert. Washington does an incredible job, and benefits from bearing a fairly strong resemblance to his character. Terence Blanchard delivers a good, jazz-filled score that features a powerful usage of John Coltrane's “Alabama.” Many famous people appear in archive footage, and short appearances are made at the end by such famous people as Nelson Mandela, Michael Jordan, and Magic Johnson.
Oscar Nominations for Costume Design and Lead Actor (Denzel Washington).
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