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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;…
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…
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…
Extremely powerful, if a little bit too conventional of a biopic (which is mildly surprising considering this is Mr. Lee we're talking about here).
And since we're in the season of Oscar outrage, how Denzel doesn't win the Best Actor Oscar is beyond me, and another piece of evidence in the case file of how often the Oscars get it so very very wrong.
Incredibly powerful, incredibly moving. I can't necessarily agree with everything the man said or did, but in the end I believe he was a righteous and honourable man and this film respects him. All politics aside though... Denzel IS Malcolm. It's the best I've ever seen him, and maybe ever will.
Despite some heavy handedness easily the best biopic every made. With lush cineatography, engaging plot, fantastic score and, of course, Denzel's best role!
This movie is three hours and twenty two minutes long but it never feels that way. Every single aspect of Malcolm X's life is so fascinating, and Spike Lee's direction is so excellent, that the film just flies by. On the (short) list of great biopics, "Malcolm X" is near the top.
Also, I love that the very first actor to appear on screen is Spike Lee. The ego, my god!
While it doesn't fully overcome some basic trappings of the biopic, this is easily amongst the finest ever made within a genre that doesn't always offer up the best work. Having a radical director like Spike Lee, a star like Denzel Washington and a monumental subject matter. It's easy to see how Malcolm X might have crumbled under it's own hype, but it's careful direction, expert performances and 110% respect towards the man at it's heart, the film manages to absolutely deliver. My only half complaint is that it runs a bit over 3 hours and can feel long for certain stretches. It also seems to hit a break neck pace at certain points in Malcolm's life which can make some aspects seem rushed, and other seem stretched. A second viewing may be in order.
i love my blackness. and yours.
Pros: Robust in its episodic structure, affective in it's tonal evolution and thematic consistency. Spike Lee's provocative, kinetic style grows and adapts parallel to the story, rejecting the glazed over, clinical tone that pervades so many biopics. Denzel Washington's performance is extraordinary.
Cons: The scenes in the Egyptian streets drag and digress.
One of the greatest bio-pics in the history of cinema. Arguably Denzel Washington's greatest performance. I was angry, I was ashamed, I cried, I was motivated, and I am inspired. Malcolm X.
Combined the average ratings (Critic's & Users) from IMDb, Rotten Tomatoes, Metacritic and Letterboxd, and then weighted and tweaked the results…