Malcolm X details
|Formats:||15 DVD, Blu-ray|
|Starring:||Al Freeman Jr., Denzel Washington, Albert Hall, Spike Lee, Angela Bassett, Delroy Lindo, Annie Corley|
|Studio:||WARNER BROS. PICTURES|
|Run time:||3 hours 13 minutes|
|Rental release:||14 May 2012|
|Hearing impaired subtitles:||English|
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spike lee at his bestBy Qaes Mujawar from london , 12 Jul 2004
[Highly rated reviewer]if you like spike lee movies, youll love this. this film tells us about the life of malcom x, from when he was a street gangsta going to prison and converting to islam through the following of blacks rights movement of the nation of islam. this is definatly denzel at his finest.
although the film is a bit long it is thoroughly absorbing.
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Could have been betterBy veganjodie (18 reviews) from Coventry , 20 Oct 2013This could have been an amazing film, given the fascinating subject matter, but unfortunately it was too long, dragged on and I became bored. Usually Denzel Washington is superb but here he is a real let down.
Courageous and true.By a customer , 17 Aug 2013Wow, what a powerful and moving film of real history. Life can take many changes and no-one can ever predict how your own life will turn out. Definately one for your rental list.
great turn by Denzel but way too longBy davidginsberg (114 reviews) from London , 04 Feb 2013I decided to eschew the delights of Russia v Czechs for this Spike Lee joint starring the worlds best actor Denzel! This is a very strange movie indeed, you would struggle to get something like this made today. Malcom Xs story is a very interesting one, father murdered, mother sectioned, he was bright but channelled into menial jobs, he becomes a criminal, goes to prison, converts to Islam and becomes an incendiary black rights advocate, falls out with the corrupt organisation he belongs to and is assassinated by his ex colleagues. Its a great story to tell and Denzel is brilliant, he totally convinces as Malcolm X and this is key to the movie as you need to buy in to his transformation and the effect he has on people. Obviously with Spike Lee there are some great visual flourishes, the opening scene with Spike himself striding through the streets is amazing, lots of use of colours to denote shifts in tone, lots to appreciate on screen. However there is a lot wrong with the movie, it is way too long, you could have trimmed the run time by half an hour easily. The sequence before he goes to prison is far too long, the flashbacks to his fathers murder too frequent, to run up to the assassination gets really tedious which is a mistake as the actual scene itself is very powerful. You also have cringeworthy coda at the end with school kids and then Mandela turns up in a funky shirt. Very messy which is a shame as at heart this is a really good biopic certainly superior to other political biopics like the dreadful Milk. This is a case where I would like to see someone re-cut the film as it could be a lot better
not x- citingBy chasckd (575 reviews) from Telford , 14 Nov 2012pretty slow and boring in parts even predictable maybe some would say but not too bad entertaing wise for a oldish film
History of X .. Hmm.By Platospupil (206 reviews) , 10 Aug 2012I found this strange history. As a young man growing up in the 60s I knew the fearsome reputation of MX but many parts of this film were a revelation. Well acted with a sumptuous colour palette, the film tries to navigate between honour, veneration and something more realist. The fact that it fails to hold this balance is in part due to the three ill-disciplined hours it takes to tell the story. Narration moves around and so does focus.
The final segment does not convince me, no matter who is the source. This is not the story of a great man but it certainly would make an interesting 90 minute bio of a troubled one.