The biopic of the controversial and influential Black Nationalist leader.
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REVIEW:Every filmmaker has their dream film, their chance to direct a great bio pic. A chance to tell a grand story about some of the most important figures in history. Oliver stone has told stories of Political figures such as George W. bush & Richard Nixon, not too mention his portrayal of the Kennedy assassination, the band the doors , and Alexander the Great. Scorcesse told the story of the Dali lama, Howard Hughes and boxer Jake LaMada. For Spike Lee there is no story more important to tell than the life of activist Malcolm X.
Based on the autobiography 'The autobiography of Malcolm X" written by Alex Haley, the film depicts his life in three sections. The first chapter is young Malcolm Little, growing up in Nebraska. A son of a preacher, subject to racism and violence. His father was murdered by the black legion, and on several occasions his home was vandalized then burned down. Racism tore his family apart and caused him to be cast aside and written off even as a child. The story continues to depict him as a hustler, junkie and prison inmate. It is in prison he meets a man
On IMDB the film is rated at a 7.7/10, and on rotten tomatoes the film has been given a rating of 93%. It also has won and been nominated for a slew of awards. There is a reason, this film is fantastic. While a slower paced film, Denzel is so electrifying and really drives the film. Spike often pushes the boundaries when it comes to race which is why he was the perfect person to capture Malcolm's passion, spirit, anger and soul, and for Denzel to portray him beautifully. It was such a well written script, and was cut in a way it didn't drag in spite of its three hour 21 minute run time. It was an epic tale to tell, and they did a great job of keeping in important details and not cramming it with filler. The footage of the real life Malcolm at the end with Ozzie Davis reading the eulogy he delivered at his funeral was moving and had me choked up.
This is one of Spike's best films, and one of the best of the 90's. The messages that it conveys are important and still hold true today. Humans have the capacity for change whether its politically, spiritually, physically It is in us. A truly brilliant, passionate and forceful film that will continue to be held in high regard for a long time.