2 months ago
The first time I saw this film, I was way too young, and I definitely did not like it, jajajajaja.
However, that being said I watched it when I was older and it is a truly fascinating movie. As with most of Kubrick's films, there is a lot of to unpack. The movie itself is phenomenally made. The casting is brilliant, the cinematography/direction/editing is masterful, the score is on point. There is little to criticize in terms of filmmaking.
However, even more, interesting are the themes and moral dilemmas presented in the movie, a truly fascinating satirical commentary on free will.
It is impressive that Kubrik was able to make this movie in the early 70s. I am sure he was met with great controversy, but I would venture to say that it would be impossible to make this movie today. Not to mention that a lot of the themes and commentary about society are very much relevant in today's climate.
All the violence aside, this is a very interesting movie to watch, probably one that requires multiple viewings in order to fully grasp it all.
5 months ago
The aim of this story is simple. It is a tale of redemption. How a man can cope viewing life as a volitile criminal and then as a functioning citizen. Although people seem to think that the second half let's this film down, I (and I think I can speak for many others) think that the political, complicated and morality decision ending really ties the film together as a perfect ending.
You can really see and understand the 60's and 70's attire and look even though it is set in the future. Amazing plot and storyline aswell. I could rewatch again and again it's so good.
I have not yet read the book, however I have ordered it and its coming in the next couple days. Possibly I shall come back and do a short review of that once I have read it. I never believed that books are better than the films and I seriously doubt that the book can top this! But I shall see.
Overall, remarkable movie and a great message if you read between the lines. I think that in a way people can relate to Alex. Obviously not in the sense of raping, looting and killing, but in the sense of trying to redeem yourself after acknowledgement of doing something wrong. This idea is portrayed in the film in a very serious and intense situation however its essentially an idea which most people can relate to.
Fantastic film, definatley deserves a watch if you haven't already - 10/10
5 months ago
Being the adventures of a young man whose principal interests are rape, ultra-violence and Beethoven.
One of Kubrick’s most daring films in my opinion, A Clockwork Orange (1971) is and was a controversial and offensive film to say the least. That much is undebatable. Yet, beneath such controversy and offensiveness lies a truly remarkable piece of work that will forever stand as (second to the epic 2001: A Space Odyssey (1968)) Kubrick’s finest hour. Whether your reaction is disgust, shock, or pure enchantment, sitting through this satirical, mind-manipulating masterpiece will make you feel something. This is all thanks to the Midas Touch that Stanley Kubrick had on nearly all of his films. We’ve been through this before with Kubrick’s classics: superb directing, good photography, excellent, often brainwashing editing (in the case of this film), inspirational casting, and marvelous acting, making you truly feel entranced in the realm of the main characters (especially THE main character, the psychopathic and sociopathic Alex DeLarge (played by the iconic Malcom McDowell)). An eerie score surrounds this film wonderfully with cold, grim arms. Speaking of the music in this film, the inspiration of the score’s haunting, psychedelic synthetic sounds has been noted and can be seen in many of the early synth pop bands of the 70s and 80s. But enough about music. Lastly, this film is bookended (like the greatest of books) with impeccable beginning and ending scenes. All the pages in between are a wild ride. So. Ready for a “glued-to your seat,” horrifyingly violent, extremely emotional, humbly perverted and weird experience, all rolled into one horrifyingly delightful film that gives you thoughts to take with you and contemplate at the film’s end, yes? Well, I wholeheartedly suggest giving this masterful 1971 Kubrick classic one, two, three, four, or even an infinite amount viewings.