Monday, February 29, 2016
Malcolm X . Dir. Spike Lee.
Perf. Denzel Washington (Malcolm Little/
Malcolm X), Spike Lee (Shorty), Angela
Basset (Betty), Delroy Lindo
For a Spike Lee joint, "Malcolm X" was a pretty tame film. Besides the signature shot and the inclusion of himself in the cast, this could have been produced by any director due to the powerful subject matter given by the life of the film protagonist, Malcolm Little. The film showcases the life of "Malcolm X" from his traumatic childhood to his possibly conspired death. The film is mainly based on true events so I won't give Spike Lee much credit for a compelling story but, he definitely deserves praise for his casting choices. The dream team of Angela Bassett playing the role of Betty Shabazz and Denzel Washington playing Malcolm X accurately portray their characters and add a highly entertaining layer of emotion over African American history. If I had to give this film a score, I would rate it a 9.5/10. Even though I complained about the lack of elements from Spike Lee's signature style, my butt was glued to the seat the entire time and I don't know how anyone would be able to have a creative flair while still staying historically accurate.Even with some tiny gripes, this film is still awesome.
Mark, let's see what you got Malcolm X PLEASE