The biopic of the controversial and influential Black Nationalist leader.
The biopic of the controversial and influential Black Nationalist leader.
Denzel Washington Angela Bassett Albert Hall Al Freeman, Jr. Delroy Lindo Spike Lee Theresa Randle Kate Vernon Lonette McKee Tommy Hollis James McDaniel Ernest Lee Thomas Jean-Claude La Marre Peter Boyle Karen Allen Christopher Plummer Larry McCoy Maurice Sneed Debi Mazar Phyllis Yvonne Stickney Scot Anthony Robinson Sonny Jim Gaines Joe Seneca LaTanya Richardson Jackson Wendell Pierce Michael Guess Leland Gantt Giancarlo Esposito Leonard L. Thomas Show All…
When the white girl at the college asks Malcolm X what she can do to help his people, he responds with a blunt "Nothing." Though Malcolm X would later come around on this idea, the context of that girl's question stands out. She precedes it by asserting that she's not a bad person despite what her ancestors did, and... it's not that simple. If your parents killed someone and stole their wealth, I would not argue that you stand trial for their crimes, but I would argue that the wealth they stole should be returned. That girl (and myself) have both benefited from the white supremacist world we live in, and though we are not guilty of enslaving people or…
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.
The closest that Spike Lee has ever gotten to touching what he managed to leave behind in Do the Right Thing was his own presentation in Malcolm X, a biopic about the famous Afro-American activist. I still remember when I first watched Malcolm X quite vividly, I was only reading about him during one of my history classes and in order to prepare for an essay, I turned on Spike Lee's feature about the man, for I didn't see only what I would have thought I could learn about Malcolm X only from reading a textbook. By the time I came out, I still found it hard enough even attempting to finish the essay although it seemed I knew what…
I'm honestly surprised at how fast this film went for me. Never did I feel the 3 hours and 22 minutes of this epic of a biopic. Malcolm X is one of the most intricate and in depth biopics I've seen. A film that goes in depth with one of the most interesting, important, and influential people of the 20th Century. Visually stunning and intricate in its plotting, Malcolm X shows us the construction of a man who would shape the foundations of discussion of race. The library scene is amazing in how they dissect the inherent racism placed in the word just through text, how the world is constructed to think of black as inherently lower or evil…
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…
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…
Powerful performance (fuck it, perfect performance) from Washington with Spike Lee using his superhuman command of cinematic language as successfully as possible. Probably his least complicated work, because it lets Malcolm X the human being provide the very real-feeling evolution of a man learning about his place in society. Lee understandably doesn't need to focus on the messiness of race in America, because we're watching one of the foremost speakers on the subject learning new things every day. Tough to watch, fascinating, and engaging throughout.
This biographical film on Malcolm X is epic in proportions, tracking the Civil Rights leader's different changes in perspectives while keeping it as honest as possible. A film that will make you watch until the end of the credits as you try to recover from the power of its messages.
"You been had! You been took! Hoodwinked! Bamboozled!"
Thank God white people can't do to Malcolm X what they still try to do to Dr. King.
Es difícil para mí elegir cuál ha sido el mejor performance de Denzel Washington, en lo personal creo que Training Day ha sido lo mejor que ha logrado, sin embargo Malcolm X merece una distinción especial, de hecho quizás ésta última película sí sea lo mejor que ha hecho el gran Denzel.
Malcolm X es una película intensa en todo sentido, no es únicamente la historia de un hombre que se levantó en una época muy complicada en la discriminación o el racismo, tiene una increíble dosis de lo que fue el movimiento africano-musulmán de la época y en sí la sociedad increíblemente racista.
Es interesante de principio a fin esta biografía de uno de los personajes americanos más influyentes…
I guess I'm on a culture bender, but considering the fact that it led me to this beauty, I don't regret doing it one bit.
"Do the Right Thing" is powerful, but not as powerful as this film. Spike Lee managed to construct a masterpiece that tells the story of this controversial but ultimately passionate figure in one of the most artistically satisfying means that I have ever scene. The ultimate biopic for a biopic junkie.
Favorite part of the entire film? The montage at the end.
Malcom X. was at one point a black supremacist, a racist, and an extremist, but he powerfully learned to look past these lenses, discovering the simple law of nature of loving everybody, a simple law, but one that's seemed to have been forgotten now a days.
And GOSH DANG IT I'M AN AFRICAN AMERICAN AND I'M PROUD!
Spike Lee never gets
The credit he deserves for
Making films like this.
The person of Malcolm X is such a great biopic subject not only because he's such an innately interesting person (which every biopic subject can claim), but also because he was constantly changing. Denzel played eight different characters here.
Usually there's only a few key changes in a biopic's central figure and it focuses more on how they fit in with the world around them. Here, it begins with that formula, but once Baines shows up it morphs into the inverse--Malcom makes the world conform to him. And then to a different him. And then to a different him. It's this propulsion that, in addition to it's fiery message and artful imagery, makes it such a breezy and interesting 3 1/2 hour biography.
This is one of those films that is, for me, a "shut up and just watch and listen" movie. I don't have much to say about it, I just try to experience it.
It's a nuanced portrayal of activism that doesn't shy away from complexity.
It's expertly directed by Spike Lee, making use of his considerable talents on a large studio-film scale.
And, as should be news to no one, it's very relevant.
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