Wednesday, 14 November 2012

A Clockwork Orange

A Clockwok Orange, 1971, UK
Director: Stanley Kubrick
Starring: Malcolm McDowell

"What we were after now was the old surpries visit. That was a real kick and good for laugh and lashings of the old ultraviolent."

It's weird, spooky, confusion, challenging, violent, abusive and highly sexual in disturbing ways. With in the first 30 minutes there were three sex scenes, two of them rape! But there is something slightly appealing about A Clockwork Orange. I don't know why, but I kinda like it.

In the not so distant future, London is terrorised by crime, violence and vandalism lead by troubled youths. Non more infamous and menacing, is Alex (McDowell) and his 'droogs.' As they cause havoc and destruction, Alex is turned on by his team and is sentenced to 14 years of prison for his crimes (rape and murder). In basic forms, the film explores the treatment Alex receives and it's effectiveness. However there is a lot more going on the just that. You really have to watch it to get a sence of what's going on.

It is a classic Kubrick styled film and, as always, is visuals are superb. With such a legendary director and producer behind the camera, you wouldn't expect anything less. I love the moving camera shots and close ups. His cinematography is always unreal. Th music in this film felt a little over exaggerated. I would of heard Beethovens "9th" at least ten times. I understand that it plays an importantrole in the film, but it was just too much and unnecessary. Music such as "Singin' in the Rain" sung by McDowell, felt a lot more appropriate and was more entertaining. Acting was also fine but I felt as if character development was a bit choppy. We learn a lot about Alex, but other characters felt rushed and sometimes irrelevant.

I think that this film is all about free will. If someone wants to do bad things, should their right to make all decisions based on these thoughts be taken away? Is it right to strip people of freedom of choice if the choice is not necessarily correct? A director such as Stanley Kubrick has the ability to pull of films that tackle these kinda issues, and A Clockwork Orange demonstrates that. It is most definitely not my favourite of Kubrick's work, but it is a good film and I did get some enjoyment out the the weirdness and confusion of this quirky movie.

*** (3/5)

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