78) Armond White Movie Review of Spike Lee’s Malcolm X film -1992-
“Because Spike Lee has white people on the brain, his new film is about the shock wave Malcolm X
created in American society, not a biography of the martyred Black Muslim spokesman. At three hours plus, it’s a movie with a theme but not a subject…”
“”Malcolm X avoids character study and sticks to a chronological review of the man’s life. This merely replicates the cycle in which Malcolm X’s anger and awareness went unheeded until later generations of deprived, abused, curious, and desperate young Blacks needed his messages. It’s like the Bay Area rapper Paris’s pop reiterations of Black Panther principles. But Spike Lee doesn’t use artistic details and sensitivity to show the political and spiritual conditions Malcolm X experienced (which are still relevant). Instead Spike Lee uses this story and its meaning shallowly. He…”
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