Malcolm X

Year: 1992
Director: Spike Lee
Writer: Spike Lee/Alex Haley
Cast: Denzel Washington, Angela Bassett, Delroy Lindo, Spike Lee, Theresa Randle, Peter Boyle
Spike Lee always amazes me by bringing something new to the black movement - something you never imagined should be associated with it.

When you realise that, you realise that he's right - parts for black actors are pretty narrow, and brings a wealth of new history of their race to the screen in places and periods you never think about them in.

His epic of the life of the controversial leader is sweeping and grand, from strutting through the streets of Boston hustling with a feather in his cap to being gunned down at a Nation of Islam rally, Malcolm X was in every way a hero.

Lee's direction and Washington's finest acting job ever adequately portray a man whose beliefs changed as his life moved on, but who always believed fully.

His speeches about rejecting the white man's way of life are rousing and justified and personify everything about blacks American white's still don't like - they prefer the peaceable, God-fearing niggers like Martin Luther King Jr.

Bouyed by a dizzying array of supporting parts, Washington bring Malcolm's life and tribulations to the screen vividly, and the hours-long film reminds us all what dangers political posturing like the War on Terrorism entails.

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