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Brilliant film. It is in two parts as long film and on the second disc you have the documentary which features the real Malcolm X. I will not tell you anything that is in the film as you really must buy it to see the outstanding performance by Denzel Washington as Malcolm X.
Great movie in which you view the early life of Malcolm x prior to his conversion to Islam. The coverage of his earlier years in terms of his degenerative social activities and crimes committed by young Malcolm was very captivating; prior to his transformation, after he accepted Islam and embarked upon his new path before he rallies for change for black America. A must watch for those not too familiar with the late revolutionary national leader.
I waited long before watching this movie because I didn't want the movie to change my positive impression of the autobiography by Alex Haley. I am pleassd that I read the book before watching the movie. There are many detailed descpriptions in the book that explaines the environment and the era of Malcolm X. The spiritual journey that Malcolm goes through is so simplified that it feels as if he was an "easy target" and easily influenced by one man's words (the inmate in prison). I strongly recommend reading the book before watching the film, simply because films can't compete with books when it comes to portraying a character. Denzel's interpretation of Malcolm is extraordinary! Such a great actor. Hard to believe he did this role early on in his carrier.
I had read his auto-biog so wondered how Denzel would do in this part. And he did good I thought. It is interesting as if you then read the biog by Frank Lucas (the main character in the film American Gangster) you see that the lives of the 2 people cross. Get the Malcolm X film, get American Gangsta film and read Frank's book.