These are what we call the 'YMMV items.' Things that some people find in this work. We call them 'your mileage might vary' because not everyone sees these things in the same way. This starts discussions in the trope lists, a thing we don't want. Please use the discussion page if you'd like to discuss any of these items.
YMMV: Malcolm X
Anvilicious: The end, in which Ossie Davis flat-out tells us what to think about Malcolm X.
Award Snub: The film received a whopping two Oscar nominations for Best Actor (Washington) and Best Costume Design. It won neither.
Crowning Moment of Heartwarming: When Malcolm X finds out about what happened to his street mentor West Indian Archie - whom Malcolm fled when he feared Archie would kill him - he goes to the older man's squalid apartment and finds Archie barely hanging on after a crippling stroke. With Archie stammering that he never really meant to kill Malcolm ("It was all about my rep."), Malcolm promises to help take care of his dying friend...
Subverted in a scene where Malcolm X is visiting a college campus to talk about the Nation's self-determination/separatist movement. A white college girl comes up and enthusiastically offers to help any she can: "What can I do?" Malcolm quietly replies "Nothing" and walks on as though she wasn't there. And while Malcolm may think himself correct (at the time) in turning down her offer, the sad expression she gives as she watches him walk by tells the audience she really did want to help.
Misaimed Marketing: "X Brand" potato chips. Yes, they were Kosher Halal. Yes, all the proceeds went to charity. Still...
Narm: As moving as the ending montage is, the sequence immediately after it, with the schoolchildren shouting "I am Malcolm X!" in succession, comes across as a bit forced and over-dramatic.
Oscar Bait: An epic biopic about an icon of the civil rights movement featuring a cameo by fucking Nelson Mandela?? Seems like an Oscar grab if ever there was one... and yet, the film managed to be overlooked spectacularly when awards season rolled around.