136 Min. | Crime – Drama – Sci-Fi | December 1971
IMDB Rating: 8.4
Director: Stanley Kubrick
Staring: Malcolm McDowell, Patrick Magee, Michael Bates
A Clockwork Orange Review: Few films are as sensational or infamous as Stanley Kubrick’s “A Clockwork Orange”. It’s impossible to sit through A Clockwork Orange and not have a reaction, whether it be shock, disgust or amazement. The savage tale of a brutal young droog and his subsequent “reformation” by the government is as shocking and thought-provoking as ever. While the film’s depictions of violence and sex are what it’s most known for, A Clockwork Orange works on far deeper levels. The disturbing portrayal of youth and its satirical depiction of a government’s attempts to create a better society are brilliant, but the most fascinating aspect of A Clockwork Orange is the questions it poses about good and evil. While the crimes Alex commits at the beginning of the film are atrocious, what the government does to him is worse.
A Clockwork Orange presents the absolute worst aspects of man, but shows that even these are still favorable to a man without the choice. People can denounce the film because of its brutal content, but the importance of the questions it poses can’t be denied. Equally excellent to the film’s content is the effort by the crew. Kubrick’s perfectionism pays off well, as A Clockwork Orange in one of his most visually striking films. Malcolm MacDowell is nothing short of amazing as Alex. Kubrick’s use of surreal imagery and set pieces, as well as the ingenious use of music to compliment the on-screen action, creates a world that perfectly reflects the protagonist’s behavior and the government’s policies.
A Clockwork Orange is an adaption of the novel of the same name. The story follows Alex Delarge, a young boy who participates in the old “ultraviolence” with his “droogies” (or, in other words, he beats up, steals from and rapes people with his friends). The “ultraviolence” is, indeed, ultra violent, the “Singin’ In The Rain” scene is sickening, taking a sweet song that we all know and love and changing the way we think about it forever. A Clockwork Orange is by no means an easy film to get through, as many will be turned off by the scenes of violence and rape. But this masterpiece is far more complex than a simple romp through a world of youthful violence. It’s a rare example of film-making that demands that the viewer actually think. Overall, A Clockwork Orange is an excellent film.