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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…
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…
As much as I love Al Pacino and it was great to finally see him get an Oscar he should've got ages ago (albeit for one of his weakest performances) Denzel Washington was robbed of his Best Actor Oscar. The best performance of 1992 and one of my favorite lead performances in Spike Lee's second best film in my opinion.
Malcolm X. Nama ini senantiasa menyulut perdebatan panas. Apakah ia pemimpin kaum hitam yang berpengaruh atau hanya sekedar pinggiran? Apakah ia anti kulit putih atau cenderung suka melakukan rekonsiliasi antarras setelah perjalanannya yang terkenal ke Mekah? Apakah ia seorang nabi atau seorang demagog belaka? Apakah ia seorang bunglon politik bagi siapa saja?
Apa pun jawabannya, tak diragukan lagi betapa bernilai warisannya bagi kalangan anak muda kulit hitam. Film hasil besutan Spike Lee ini menggambarkan secara lengkap hidup Malcolm sejak masa-masa awal yang tak henti dirundung masalah sampai akhir hidupnya yang mengenaskan namun heroik.
Sang sutradara Spike Lee, yang menulis kembali skenerio awal James Baldwin dan Arnold Perl, tidak hanya menggambarkan kehidupan Malcolm X seutuhnya namun juga membuat rujukan-rujukan terkenal seperti…
I knew very little about Malcolm X before watching this biographical film and learnt a lot about his life, death and what he had believed in. It was a difficult film to watch because many of the characters portrayed weren't likeable, and because of the recent actions of extremists around the world.
Had Spike Lee removed the shoehorned moment where schoolkids shout out 'I am Malcolm X' in the final minute of this film, this would have been not just be an important biopic of one of the most significant figures in the Civil Rights movement, but a memorable one as well. At 203 minutes, this film is never bloated as it shows the arc of Malcolm X becoming a leading force in the Nation of Islam. With a highly charismatic performance Denzel Washington demonstrates how significant his character was to African American history, so much that you don't really see the actor. Malcolm was a flawed person who felt that he was a fool of being black, from white people and…
This is really great stuff. From what I gather, this is one of Spike Lee's best films. (I've only seen Do the Right Thing so there's very little I can say about his work). The film focuses on the life of the titular Malcolm from his youth (there's very little on this) through to his 'Zoot suit' years and of course, his rise and fall (I would call this a spoiler but most people should know how this ends). Originally, Norman Jewison was expected to direct this biopic and one can only imagine how the film would have turned out had it been directed by a non-black. Considering that he did direct In the Heat of the Night, I don't…
Meh. I guess it's okay but then again I can't stand Denzel Washington.
Actually ..I kindof hate this movie. It's not "powerful". Malcolm X is a very moving and charged person. But that is not an accomplishment that this movie can take credit for. What they did do was take a reinact a bunch of historical scenes that were largely scripted (speeches) in the first place. THAT was the base of what they had. Of course that's moving- that's the whole reason we know who Malcolm X is at all. There was like, only a munite worth of coverage of his involvement in the black civil rights movement. They didn't really talk about Islam either, so what is this movie even about. It's about Denzel's ability to look like a man whose facial features are largely covered with iconic eyeglasses.
I'm mildly impressed that you made me dislike the lifestory of Malcolm X. Cheers.
Malcolm X is a remarkable biopic by Spike Lee based on the life of one of the most important and controversial American figures of the twentieth century. Starring Denzel Washington in one of his most awe-inspiring performances and with an epic length of nearly three hours and a half, this was a rather absorbing, enthralling, and entertaining viewing.
A provocative and brilliant achievement in film making by Spike Lee. Denzel Washington has never been better and commands your attention every second he is on screen. Whether you are sympathetic with Malcolm X or completely disagree with his ways, this films shows a fascinating look into his extraordinary life.
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