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 and…
the two shots of the fires burning down homes two hours apart, about men holding their families as their houses blaze behind them, looking off in the distance of the racists that did it with fury, and knowing that this is the sign of their painfully inevitable demise. by the time malcolm himself sees the flames and in essence, becomes his father, he's living on borrowed time, only a matter of moments or scenes before he dies before he should, at the hands of bigots with weapons and most importantly power. you can almost see it in his eyes, that death is coming for him, because he committed the crime of being black and not letting his oppressors control him any longer. this is the great american tragedy, not just malcolm but for all the black people slaughtered due to their skin and their strength. one of the greatest films and lead performances you'll ever see
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…
Well, I have now grown up inside US, so I never studied Malcolm X in the high school, that way my knowledge about him was pretty shallow. Very nice to watch this movie and learn about this national hero. Truly inspiring history. Considering his story and all perspectives amazingly delivered by Spike Lee directing, it is a must watch movie.
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Amazing performances, calling white people devils and just phenomenal directing from spike lee. This is one of my favourite movies of all time.
When I began this movie, I knew relatively little of Malcolm X--I knew of the controversies, of his differences with MLK, and of his Islamic faith. Of all major leaders in American history, I think Malcolm is one of the more skipped over--probably because of his occasionally violent & "racist" rhetoric making people of uncomfortable. This is a damn shame. The dude had of course an important life, but also an endlessly interesting one, worthy of study and exploration. It's definitely been too long that I've held out on watching this movie (3 hour movies not directed by QT or Scorsese intimidate me.) And it's been even longer since I should've started learning more about Malcolm X.
The first thing that…
I'll admit right now that going into this movie, I didn't know a WHOLE lot about Malcolm X. I knew what he stood for and why he was a significant figure, but not so much about how he got to the position he did or how his life tragically ended too soon. I learned a lot from the movie, which I assume was mostly accurate (forgiving some liberties to make it more dramatic and such). Even if it isn't, I feel I learned a lot about how Malcolm X was a person, and his spirit/messages were represented spot-on in the movie. This is an ambitious and passionate movie, and I thought it largely succeeded beyond my expectations.
The production history…
Spike Lee's Malcolm Xtells the story of a zealot that trades one life of gangland culture for another. The religious extremism is not at all subtle; Denzel's Malcolm is clearly tyrannical. He's a figure that truly embodies the irrationality of terms such as "reverse racism", despite his place at the century's zenith of racial discord in America; this is a film about a racist Black extremist, and though he was a critical influence, Lee accomplishes a thorough portrait of the man's folly.
The epic-length Director's cut is 200 minutes and I really think it's poised to weed out viewers like a plague. This film is truly a problematic one-- extremely challenging; just like the man.
An amazing biopic that never feels like it's trudging through familiar or common ground, Spike Lee's Malcolm X is in many ways a grand film; grand in the character arc of its titular character, grand in its whopping three hour and twenty minute run-time, and especially grand in its gripping and faithful recreation of 20th century America on the cusp of social change.
Perhaps one of the most surprising things about the film is its narrative pace. Having already mentioned the run-time clocking in at around three hours and twenty minutes, it comes as so much of a surprise to see how Lee, his writers, and actors are able to breathe so much life and energy into the material they…
The first third of the movie had me a little bit unsure but the rest of the movie was amazing.
Also Denzel was 100% robbed of Oscar for this one.
The paradigm shift that occurs between Malcolm Little's heyday as a swing dancing looter and his emergence from prison as Malcolm X – with regards to the cinematography changing from bloomy and mobile to unsentimental and static, and Terence Blanchard's score changing from big band to Coltrane-like jazz – is such a great way of complementing the subject's personal change.
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