Before watching this movie, I definitely didn’t know as much about Malcolm X as I probably should have, but (as some people have already mentioned) he is a relatively glossed over figure when discussing the Civil Rights Movement. So much of the attention is focused on MLK that Malcolm X fades into the shadows a little bit, which is why I loved that a movie was made about him.
I really liked how the movie walked us through a detailed account of each time period in Malcolm’s life, to the point where you felt like you were living life with him. You could physically see him work to find himself, and the shifts that took place to get him to where he ended up. I also like how the film added childhood memories throughout the story to add to his personality and give insight into his thoughts and motivations behind his actions. I thought one of the more powerful scenes in the movie was when people threw the molotov cocktails into the windows of his house, and how it cuts between his experience as an adult versus as a child when the same thing happened. It reminds the viewers that this is (unfortunately) a horrible pattern of behavior during that time, and shows the feelings that must have been brought back up after living through something as traumatic as that more than once.
Overall, I’m really glad that this movie was assigned for this class. Malcolm X deserves recognition and credit for his contributions to the Civil Rights Movement (the good and the bad, which I also appreciated that the movie didn’t gloss over the bad things like they do in some biographies). I think (and hope) that this movie will shed new light on Malcolm X, and will give those powerful and influential individuals the voice they deserve.