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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.
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.
The film is extra long in an attempt to show the whole length of Malcolm X's story. It also doesn't try to hide more negative elements of his life or to portray him as a saint. Also, I don't think we are expected to agree with his whole ideology either. For example when he argues with a priest that Jesus is not white he is not arguing that Jesus was a middle eastern, Jewish, and to conservative American eyes "coloured", but rather he is literally arguing for a black Jesus. But on the other hand, much of what Malcolm X says still rings true today and flies in the face of rhetoric that racism is now over.
Angela Bassett is…
I Like 1992's Malcolm X, I Like It Because Jeffrey And Brandon's Mom Carmen Pasternak Did Watch 1991's The Silence Of The Lambs On VHS When This Movie Came Out.
Somehow, this managed to avoid The Last Temptation's controversy - and not for lack of Spike Lee's trying given its opening sequence, which gives us Rodney King beating footage, one of Malcolm X's more incendiary speeches, and a burning American flag, which you might remember was something that made a lot of Republicans cry around that time. Maybe people just didn't want to get up in arms over a movie that was so long a theatre could probably only show it twice a week.
It drags a bit in its second act - Washington knows how to deliver some thundering oratory, but holy shit it's just one speech after another. But I guess if you want big, this has got…
Gripping and aggressive. Washington and Lee's best.
Wow. So relevant right now to me as a human being.
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