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The biopic of the controversial and influential Black Nationalist leader.
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…
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.
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 and Hellzapoppin'. 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…
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.
I don't think "Malcolm X" is a perfect movie, but, like "Schindler's List", or even last year's "Lincoln", it's an important one. Spike Lee and Denzel Washington paint a flawed portrait of a flawed man, that carries all the heated exchange of a racial revolution without -- thankfully -- succumbing to the big theme of the movie -- and all Lee's movies, for that matter -- hype. Lee directs with a fitting amount of tense, handheld urgency, while Washington, not unlike Joaquin Phoenix in "The Master", wears Malcolm with a stern sense of worry, a lost boy struggling with big ideas personal and universal. Even when the filmmakers too sharply turn chronological corners, it's Malcolm's words you can't shake. Their courage stings eternal.
Denzel was robbed.
The beautiful cinematography alone was enough to keep me watching. Regardless, the movie was captivating and thought-provoking just with its story.
Spike Lee starts off with a slow beginning, but the film later picks up and turns into a smooth ride, showing a complex set of emotions and character development for the titular character. While Lee's characters again suffer from the paining Madonna-whore complex all over again. Betty Shabazz's character is a relief, but female development is still heavily underdeveloped. Still, it detracts little from the overall masterpiece of the film.
While the ending seems to canonize X more than what's necessary, there is carnal beauty in his assassination, another great choice by Lee. Lee's pet project came to a beautiful fruition and will remain one of his greatest works.
i enjoyed watching this movie it is a great way to learn about the history of black people in the sixties. I did knew alot about that subject but is just cool to see a movie.
Opening with provocative speech and imagery (made all the more potent in the wake of Rodney King), Lee then falls back onto a lavish biography, one that has a tendency to feel overblown in its mythological treatment of African-American history, and with the levity in simply being a conventional biopic. Indeed, despite its prologue and subject matter, Malcolm X sheds much of the dynamism that ordinarily makes Spike Lee joints so distinctive. Nevertheless, Washington channels much of the film’s leftover tension, which remains visceral.
An unbelievable, powerful film, Denzel Washington is amazing
I Like 1992's Malcolm X, I Like It Because It Turned 20 Years Old In 2012.
One of the great biopics in cinema history.
I'm currently doing an African American literature course in university, and the main reading we're going through is the Autobiography of Malcolm X as told to Alex Haley. Malcolm's voice was riveting and powerful even when he was at his most hateful, and Spike Lee doesn't undermine a single sliver of his power (even though it can be argued that he's much, MUCH angrier in the book, but that's beside the point).
Also counts as Denzel Washington's finest performance. How he lost the Oscar that year (yes I know he was up against Pacino and Eastwood, but still) is beyond me.
Maybe a bit long, and for me it really got going in the second half, the last 20 minutes were excellent, as was Washington.
And the Academy Award for "Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role" goes to Denzel Washington for.........Training Day?! WTF
A very important historical film. A bit daunting at 3 and a half hours but I couldn't think of anything to remove. Denzel Washington is really the only A-list actor here and it proves that lesser known actors can hold their weight. I would suggest reading the book as a nice accompaniment to this film (or is the film a nice accompaniment to the book? Depends on which you did first I guess).
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