A Clockwork Orange

A Clockwork Orange ★★★★★

This part is copy pasted. I had a stroke in March of 2020 and only type with one finger so please excuse the brevity of my reviews. I only make a review after I’ve seen a movie AT LEAST 4-5 times because I don’t like to pontificate where I don’t belong, and I’m not going to write bad reviews because I’m not going to watch a bad film 4-5 times.

This is a review of Stanley Kubrick’s 1971 film A Clockwork Orange. It’s about a gang leader who goes to prison and is selected for an experimental program to “cure” him and get him released from prison, but at what cost?

This is perhaps Stanley Kubrick’s most accessible movie in terms of pace but definitely not subject matter. There is a lot of brutal, brutal rape in the film. It works because you are delighting in all the horrible things that are happening to “your humble narrator”, but at a certain point (usually right before his attempted suicide) you actually feel bad for the guy.

I feel sad that Mr. Kubrick pulled this one from the theaters, but it worked! The threats against him, and more importantly, his family stopped soon thereafter. But I can’t help but feel a bit confused. Wouldn’t they be just like Alex and his gang if they were to prey on the innocent? Wouldn’t that be like protesting the “Hat Club” by wearing a hat? I guess sense isn’t people who make anonymous threats strong suit.

The photography, by John Alcott, is beautiful. He had four collaborations with Stanley Kubrick, including this, 2001: A Space Odyssey, Barry Lyndon, and the Shining. I find myself coming back to these movies most of all Kubrick’s films, and I think that he was at his creative pinnacle.

Let me just complain about the movie real quick. How did they get the color of wine so wrong? It looks like strawberry lemonade. That’s it. That’s my only complaint.

And just what is meant by the final frames of the film (“I was cured alright.”)? Alex has clearly gotten over his aversion to women’s nakedness. It appears that the fooling around is consensual, playful. What’s with all the people watching, applauding? Why the snow? I’m seriously asking you. Comment with your answer.

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