Biography of Malcolm X, the famous African American leader. Born Malcolm Little, his father (a minister) was killed by the Ku Klux Klan. He became a gangster, and while in jail discovered the Nation of Islam writings of Elijah Muhammad. He preaches the teachings when let out of jail, but later on goes on a pilgrimage to the city of Mecca, there he converts to the original Islamic religion and becomes a Sunni Muslim. He changes his name to El-Hajj Malik Al-Shabazz and stops his anti-white teachings, as he realises the error of his mistakes. He is later on assasinated and dies a Muslim Martyr.
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I thought Spike Lee did a remarkable job of bring this controversial figure to the big screen. Spike showed Malcolm in all lights and gives him a fair representation on the screen. This man was inspiring to many people, positively or negatively. The thing I came away from the movie is that we are all products of our environment. Malcolm struggles in the movie with what we all struggle with and that is self-truth. The man was truly the defintion of brave. As after he stood up to the white establishment, he then realized his own group was corrupt and stood up to them. A must see for anyone who wants to learn about this time period.
Denzel Washington did deserve an Oscar for his performance in "Training Day," but he should have won it earlier in his career. "Malcolm X" truly showcases the man's greatest acting abilities. Here, he portrays a legendary figure known throughout the world as Malcolm X. The man is one of the most important and most interesting African Americans of the United States, and Washington "became" him in the film. He didn't just act as Malcolm X; he became the man whenever he was on screen. Just listen to the speeches that he gives in the film. Now that's almost scary, considering that he sounds almost like the real Malcolm X! But this isn't all about Washington, either. Spike Lee's direction, the beautiful shots of Mecca, the period sets and costumes, the memorable performances of Angela Bassett and Delroy Lindo, and the tearjerker ending are just some of the reasons why this film should be watched. It's a classic film that will never die.
The first time I saw this movie I was fortunate as I had read the book "The Autoboigraphy of Malcom X" by Alex Hailey, on which the movie was based, and fewer people could have translated the book into a movie like Spike Lee did.Mr Lee is one of the few film-makers to burn the American flag on the big screen, in the opening sequence of the movie,symbolizing the hatred that the black people had for the government of that day which was for whites only.The film contrasts the three different times of Malcolm X, was a hustler then a prisoner and finally a minister who came to be feared by those who brought into Islam.Not only was he feard within his community but also by the white people( FBI/CIA) to drive a wedge between Malcon X and the Nation of Islam.I guess many people have a problem with this movie as it only potrays the truth as it was in those days.For anyone who knows nothing about the history of the black people around the world, and why black peoplef Africa and Carribeans seem to be behind in every aspect of this life, this movie is an excellent choice
Unfocused and too long by half, but Washington's performance is hypnotic.
I don't know if it is a biographic movie. Or only story about idealsand self - definition. Denzel Washington makes a great role. And theatmosphere is created with care and precision. Slices of an existence,the film is only beginning for a personal picture of Malcolm X. Warmand delicate, this portrait is homage and sketch, subject for newdebates about the American way and description of politics nuances. Amovie like an autumn rain. Leaves in park and gray walls. Strangecolors and pools of hope. And, a metamorphosis. A honest man, hero oflost age for who the religion was the answer to troubles and anguishcircles. Evening of another mahatma. And the ways of continuous fight.
It plays surprisingly safe as a solidly crafted trawl through the didactic/hagiographic conventions of the mainstream biopic.
This review is from: Malcolm X (Amazon Instant Video) My boyfriend loves this movie. He thinks every American should see it. American history is something he is very interested in.
Director Spike Lee presents a courtroom epic,very much like Oliver Stone's JFK,about the assassination of Malcolm Little,a civil rights leader,commonly known as Malcolm X. Malcolm X of course,followed in the footsteps of another now-deceased civil rights leader,Dr. Martin Luther King. This film,like JFK,was distributed by Warner Bros. This film grossed about eight million dollars on December 18,1992,the day it was theatrically released. Denzel Washington plays Malcolm X. I'm sure Lee thought Washington was born to play the role. There's also Angela Bassett(WAITING TO EXHALE,WHAT'S LOVE GOT TO DO WITH IT?,WHY DO FOOLS FALL IN LOVE?) supporting Washington. Hey,The Cosby Show actor Malcolm Jamal Warner was named after Malcolm X also jazz pianist Ahmed Jamal. There should be epics about King and the late Anwar Sadat,who was once Egypt President(he was assassinated in 1981). But then again,there might already be an epic on the life and death of King.
A stunning performance by Denzel Washington (Oscar nominated) carries this film literally into cinematic excellence. He stars as the titled character, the controversial Black Nationalist Leader who is easily one of the most interesting people who lived during the 20th Century. Spike Lee's uncompromising direction focuses on X's life. From his very early childhood to his violent death, the audience is given lots and lots of information on the character as the film runs about 195 minutes. A good supporting cast helps, but this is Washington's show from the very start.
One of the most brilliant films ever made. Another reviewer, E. Hazell is correct, if maybe even understated in comparing this film with von Sydow's portrayal of Jesus in "The Greatest Story Ever Told" and B. Kingsley in "Ghandi". Without question, the portrayal by Denzel Washington of Malcolm X belongs with these two classic efforts.The screenplay closely follows Alex Haley's collaboration with Malcolm X on his autobiography, from his early days as a hustler and pimp, to his transformation and his rise to prominence in the Black Muslims and beyond. In so doing, it traces much of the history of the twentieth century African American experienceAs another reviewer so inelegantly (and ungrammatically) put it, Malcolm Little sold drugs and women, robbed and lived in the underworld. However, this recognizes far less than half of this compelling and incredible story. This beginning was important only to underscore how far he ultimately came, and leads the viewer to wonder what would have happened had he not been murdered. Wonderful casting including Angela Bassett as his wife Betty, DelRoy Lindo and particularly Al Freeman Jr. as Elijah Muhammad. It was a rather predictable crime that Spike Lee, Denzel Washington and this film did not dominate the Academy Awards.
This movie was disrespected so much by hollywood. They are so racist. how could you give Denzel an Oscar for Training Day when it couldn't even sit on the same shelf as this movie. Malcolm X needs to be seen by every American, whether white or black!
One of the reasons I love this movie is because of Spike Lee's faithfulinterpretation of the autobiography. This is easily my favorite DenzelWashington performance !! Angela Bassett is one of the most beautifulwomen on the planet !!! BLAST YOU COURTNEY VANCE !!! YOU STOLE MY WOMAN!!!Lee tells the story of Malcolm Little from the beginning when hisGarveyite father gets lynched and his family separated. We see the"Detroit Red" days as well as what I call Malcolm's initial"brainwashing" into the Nation Of Islam. Spike Lee also makes history as one of the only filmmakers to ever beable to document the Muslim "Hajj" or Holy Pilgrimage to Mecca andpulls it off beautifully. It's no wonder that some Orthodox Muslims areamong the most spiritually beautiful people In the world. I'vewitnessed this first hand."Malcolm X" would make a great companion to the book written by AlexHaley.
This review is from: Malcolm X (DVD) Malcolm was portrayed by Denzel in a fine performace, befitting his superb acting ability. Spike was funny in his part, as a Director, he was right on. Delroy and the rest were great.
I just got done watching "Malcolm X" today and I have to say it was a greatfilm. This is the only film of Spike Lee that I thoroughly enjoyed. Theacting in in top form. D. Washington deffinately deserved a oscarnominationfor his great performence. The rest of the acting is good too. Thedirectingis pretty good! I thought it was very well shot. The story and the dialougeflows smoothly and flows along perfect. I suggest this film to anyone whohas 3 hours to watch this movie and if you do not I hope you make time towatch it. I strongly hope you do. 8/10
This review is from: Malcolm X (DVD) MOVIES THAT ARE BASED ON TRUE STORIES ARE ALWAYS GOOD.EVERYONE HAS DIFFERENT TASTE IN MOVIES SO I'M NOT GOING TO TRY TO RUB MY OPION ON TO ANYONE. I THOUGHT THIS MOVIE WAS VERY WELL MADE AND THE BEST ACTORS GIVEN THE PARTS
Malcom X is one of the best if not the best movie I've ever seen. I won't say it is the best because the plot was biographical and not original. The overall portrayal of Malcom X from class pres. to street hustler to convict to political leader is as good as it gets. This is my opinion of Malcom X as a movie, but many times in society when focusing on Malcom X and his ideas we tend to forget the evolution of Malcom especially his spiritual and eye opening experience during his pilgrimage to Mecca. One can not truly understand or appreciate Malcom until he understands his evolution. There are many things to learn from brother Malcom: his charisma, his fiery rhetoric, and his critical distance but the most important thing to learn from him is his evolution.
At the time he was alive, I was not interested and not aware of really wenton. I saw this last night on Ch 54 YX. It is interesting to note that mostpeople in this country shy away from anything controversial. Our countryhas spawned controversial people of all kinds, but no matter, we cannotblame the blacks for some of the outrageous things some of them do. Thisfilm made me think about all this, and Denzel Washington who played MalcolmX Little did such a commendable performance! He truly is a remarkableactor! As Malcolm X he projects so well, but it was his attitude of revengeagainst the whites and authorities that brought him down. It had nothing todo with what he said but it was the way he said them; his anger was so deep. It was his own Muslims who killed him which made him amartyr.
It just a shame that a super talent like Denzel can't find a good film like this to sink his teeth into again. He's just wasted in the contrived drama's he's been doing lately. He did such a super job in this movie (he made Malcolm almost likeable). I really enjoyed this movie even though I don't know how entirely accurate it was fact wise, but,thanks to Denzel, it was a terrific movie. Enjoy
This review is from: Malcolm X (Amazon Instant Video) I enjoyed the scenes of his younger life, but his time growing into the men he was when he was fatally shot is motivational. A must see, especially if you think his only premise is "by any means necessary".
This is an incredible production. Lee reconstructs neighborhoods and places that have been gone for years, and he deserves an awful lot of credit. The film, as a film, works very well. However, if anyone has read about the Nation of Islam and the life of Malcom X, there is a fair amount of information about the role Boston Minister, Louis Farrakhan played in the killing. Of course, if Lee had included Louis X in the movie, he'd end up like Malcom. Before I get myself killed, please allow me to recommend a great book that covers the assassination better than any other book I've read: "Pillar of Fire, America in the King Years, 1963-64" by Taylor Branch. Although the book is primarily about King, it covers the events leading up to the killing of Malcolm X, including an amazing assassination attempt of one of Malcom X's colleagues during a high speed car chase through the streets of Boston. After I read Branch's book, I saw Lee's film as a great movie, but historically, a missed opportunity. I think Lee is too close to the subject matter to include all of the details in an objective manner. So despite all the great performances, costumes, sets, and photography, I am left a bit disappointed. I'm waiting for a courageous filmmaker to do justice to Malcom X's life and legacy.