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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…
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…
A totally riveting and hard-hitting biopic about the influential, and controversial Malcolm X, excellently portrayed by the evergreen Denzel Washington, and immaculately directed by Spike Lee.
Malcolm X brings us full circle in the life of Malcolm X, coming from a home where his family were terrorised by the KKK, to being a small time crook on the streets of Boston, ultimately getting him thrown in jail, and starting his journey on the road to redemption and finding religion with the Muslim faith. Malcolm surrenders himself totally to the teachings of The Honorable Elijah Mohammed, given to him by a fellow prisoner, and upon release, Malcolm becomes one of the most influential leaders and speakers for the faith, getting acknowledgement…
It's such an ambitious and credibly executed undertaking in a study of a big thinker by his lonesome, whose life was unjustly cut short (more cause to opine that life isn't fair), that even the usual array of supporting actors who keep getting cast in irrelevant roles (i.e. Allen, Boyle, Lindo, Plummer) cannot possibly detract from the overall experience. Hard to think of a more generous role than this given to and fulfilled by Mr. Washington.
Biographical epic of the controversial and influential Black Nationalist leader, from his early life and career as a small-time gangster, to his ministry as a member of the Nation of Islam.
Visually and dramatically Spike Lee packs one hell of a punch in this stylish bio pic. Denzel give a career best performance in the lead. Despite it's long running time there isn't a dull moment. I really love the religious aspect of the film, especially the way it shows the character grow disillusioned with the Nation of Islam, it creates a great sense of paranoia and dread as you know what is coming. The period set pieces are impressive and the final few scenes provide a great closing to an epic, ambitious and important film.
One of Spike Lee's best joints.
Say what you will about the ideology, the history and everything else, but you cant deny how breathtaking Denzel is in this movie. Few actors have truly captured a real human being more perfectly than Denzel did for Malcolm X. Its a masterpiece.
This is about as Spike Lee a film as Lee could make. It's such an insane, sprawling, uncomfortable, thoughtful, and overly full film. It just doesn't have the time to fit its visual tricks, story, and character which I suppose is also its most impressive trick given the nearly four hour runtime. Nearly all of that has to do with Washington who is at his charismatic best tying even the film's most ludicrous ideas together. If anything this unflappable charisma makes X's moments of failure the only potential weak point of the movie as it's totally unconvincing that Washington's X could seem failing. His whole performance is summed up by that little smile he gives Peter Boyle at the end…
Messterpiece in every sense of the word. I gotta see this again.
O filme respeita a persona de Malcolm X, que se apresenta como um personagem complexo e fascinante. Denzel Washington o encarna com total comprometimento.
Destaque também para a excelente fotografia de Ernest Dickerson, que usa cores vibrantes e utiliza-a como uma poderosa fonte de linguagem cinematográfica.
É uma pena que o filme não explore a relação de Malcolm com Muhammad Ali e Martin Luther King, além de esquecer-se do que houve com sua mãe.
Spike Lee's best work.
happy 90th b-day, brother malcolm! .....