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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…
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! .....
This is a fantastic film. I knew nothing about Malcolm X going into this. I'm probably going to go on wiki just to see what was changed for the movie. I shoulda watched this back in Feb like my original plan. But true to my word I will keep Black History Month in my heart all year long. I'm excited to hear the denzealots discuss this movie on the podcast.
Technically this is my 2nd Spike Lee joint but I don't count the first as it was the remake of Oldboy. I wouldn't mind lighting up another joint. I still need to do the right thing and watch Do The Right Thing.
I can't think of another biopic this good. Unlike other films about great figures from history, Spike Lee does his audience a service by utilizing his full arsenal of filmmaking techniques. It's a movie that's not afraid to play with form, be funny, effusive and stylistically audacious where other filmmakers would default towards a formal solemnity when dealing with subjects like this.
However, it's partially because we have so much fun with Malcolm (those zoot suits!) early in the film while we're getting to know him, that what comes later becomes more poignant. Conversely, the latter part of the film allows us to look at that early "fun" through a darker sociological lens.
It's a complex movie. Inspiring at times, deeply troubling at others. Lee doesn't stick too close to history, but the few things invented for the film (much of the prison stuff I'm told) really enhances the story.
The ending of this movie is so touching and heartbreaking. I have shivers down my spine and tears down my face. This is a brilliant brilliant film
That bit at the end with the kids gets me every damn time.
Suffers from some classical biopic cliches but made with so much heart and so much soul. The ending of this movie should make you cry.
The summary quote:
Malcolm X: "Brothers and sisters, I am here to tell you that I charge the white man. I charge the white man with being the greatest murderer on earth. I charge the white man with being the greatest kidnapper on earth. There is no place in this world that this man can go and say he created peace and harmony. Everywhere he's gone, he's created havoc. Everywhere he's gone, he's created destruction. So I charge him. I charge him with being the greates kidnapper on this earth! I charge him with being the greatest murderer on this earth! I charge him with being the greatest robber and enslaver on this earth! I charge the white man with…