Friday, February 19, 2010

Malcolm X: A Biography

Malcolm X
Spike Lee/HBO documentary
Documentary DVD

This movie was originally released as a motion picture in 1992. It is based on the book The Autobiography of Malcolm X as told to Alex Haley. Screen version of the life of Malcolm X, who through his religious conversion to Islam, found the strength to rise up from a criminal past to become an influential civil rights leader.

Malcolm X divides the life of the African-American activist Malcolm X into three sections. The first section deals with the troubled childhood of Malcolm Little, whose father, a preacher, was murdered by the Black Legion and whose mother was institutionalized for insanity.

The second section follows Malcolm's life in prison, where a fellow inmate, Baines , introduces him to the teachings of the Nation of Islam. Malcolm eventually converts to the religion and becomes a disciple of Elijah Muhammed.

The third section follows Malcolm's pilgrimage to Mecca which greatly softens his beliefs, teaching him that Muslims come from all races, even whites, and he endeavors to break free of the strict dogma of the Nation of Islam, with tragic results.

When I first began watching this movie, I was extremely impressed with Denzel Washington’s portrayal of Malcolm X in this movie. He brought Malcolm X back to life. After a while, you no longer saw an actor playing a character, you saw the actual person. Not many people can pull off acting in such great fashion, but Denzel has proven over an over again why he is one of the top paid actors in the movie industry today. This is a great movie to watch and you will surely be inspired by the man who believed in the phrase by any means necessary. Denzel Washington was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Actor for his role as Malcolm X.

How did you like this movie? Do you think Denzel Washington provided an accurate portrayal of Malcolm X? Why or why not? What were your thoughts about the movie or the man (Malcolm) in general?

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