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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.
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 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…
(Original review outdated, re-evaluation required at later date)
"Malcolm X" has motivated me to study, even deeper, several subjects from politics to human rights, race to religion. This movie sits on what i call Spike Lee's "golden era" from 89's "Do The Right Thing" to 95' "Clockers". I think Malcolm's story is well portraited and Spike had the guts to directed with his own critical view, that didn't looked biased at all.
The movie is more educational and informative than being a dramatic one. Its a character study of an iconic figure.
Some scenes were really good and some were dull, but none of these scenes were out of focus, and that what makes Spike Lee a respectable director.
HOWEVER, I still prefer Michael Mann's take of Malcolm X in his movie "Ali" (2002). More dramatic, more influential and more straight to the point, even with the 10 years gap between the two movies.
2 stars mean I will probably not watch it again. No hate.
REVIEW: Malcolm X
A Biography Of Controversial Speaker Malcolm X, From His Start As Low End Hoodlum To Becoming An Ambassador For The Nation Of Islam. Fierce and Inspiring, Malcolm X Makes Up For Its Miniscule Flaws Tenfold. Denzel Washington Portrays X and He Delivers An Audacious Performance, For Which He Was Robbed At The Oscars. Washington Emphasizes The Sheer Power Of The Man While Not Shying Away From His Imperfections. Angela Bassett Plays X's Wife and She Gives a Superb Performance In The Role. Albert Hall's Performance Here Is Terrific, Playing With The Nature Of Human Relationships. Al Freeman Jr. Plays The Honorable Elijah Muhammad and He Breezes Through Every Scene With Ease. Spike Lee Has A Small Part…
A film I'm almost ashamed to admit I've only just got around to properly seeing, having only seen bits way back in the day.
Spike Lee's Malcolm X is truly one of the great screen biographies and, watching it today, it's easy to see the shortcomings so many political activist biopics (such as Cesar Chavez, watched last night) have in relation to Lee's film because here the director embraces the man warts and all, rather than depict a reverential ode to its subject.
It's also a brilliantly paced movie - which is a relief when you consider its 180+ minutes running time. Lee has considered carefully the many conversions and identities within Malcolm X's life and his character/personality and allows…
This review reportedly contains spoilers. I can handle the truth.
Spike Lee sure knows how to make 3 1/2 hours fly by.
I could go on about how well crafted all of the thematic and contextual elements of this film are, but I already know that Lee is a filmmaker of great depth and wisdom. Instead, I want to praise just how well crafted this film is technically.
Spike Lee really knows how to use music to underline a scene. His selections are so good that even when you notice the music, you notice how wonderfully it is underlining what is happening in the scene. When he uses it as foreground, as in the dance scene, it still works toward the vibrancy of the film. It never feels like he's…
This review reportedly contains spoilers. I can handle the truth.
Película 52 (y última) de mi Reto Cinéfilo 2015, correspondiente a la categoría 33: Una película estrenada en el año en que naciste (1992). Con esta película doy por culminado el reto.
Completísima revisión histórica de un personaje polémico, para mí con demasiadas escenas sobrantes hablando de su valor como película, pero que quedarían perfectas si se hubiera contado la historia en forma de documental.
Lo mejor, la actuación de Denzel Washington (que ayuda a mitigar un poco el efecto cansino del metraje) y los aproximados 20 minutos correspondientes a la escena del asesinato (adrenalina y acción pura).
Denzel carries this film in a performance that's not as full-bodied as it is full-minded. In the beginning of the film, Denzel plays Malcolm (then known as “Red”) as flashy and exuberant as seems possible. His toothy grin and wise-guy attitude reminds me of the way Paul Muni carried himself in the original Scarface. Like Muni, despite his flashy facade, what's compelling is the monstrous conscious beneath, a man who knows the immensity of his failings but with a strange desire to keep failing.
For Denzel, this comes through in the quieter moments, when he is alone with the white girl in a hotel room early in the movie. He sits on the bed staring at her, devoid of any…
Combined the average ratings (Critic's & Users) from IMDb, Rotten Tomatoes, Metacritic and Letterboxd, and then weighted and tweaked the results…