A Clockwork Orange

A Clockwork Orange
Director: Stanley Kubrick 
Release Date: 19th December 1971
Rating: 18
Warner Bros. 

Being the adventure of a young man whose principal interests are rape, ultra-violence and Beethoven.’ Sounds so beautiful, that wasn’t far off what I got up to during my youthful days. Chocolate, Game Boy and comics are pretty similar as you can see. A Clockwork Orange is a film which combines those three interests, not mine, and blends them together to make one of the most iconic films of all time. The amount of people you see dressing up as these guys is amazing, though I never see them drink milk when they’re out and about. 

The film was considered extreme at the time regarding the sexualised violence, and it still is today, though everything is put together in such a beautiful way. The classical music brings every scene alive with great gusto and the performances the guys provide as they do their deeds is joyful. The old style of speech took me sometime to get my ears adapted to though, for a minute I thought I’d have to get the subtitles up, but it quickly sinks in and brushes off a little on me, I’d say.  The bright and unusually decorated rooms we visit are places you’d want to visit and live within, putting all these elements together with the violence creates a rather unreal sensation. The violence is shocking but you can’t help but admire the way it looks, sounds and plays out. Maybe I’m just sick in the head, but I found the film refreshing and funny. I mean, death by giant ornamental cock? Satire does seem to offend some people, Chris Morris would agree.

It changes half way in as the lead member of the gang, Alex (Malcolm McDowell) is arrested and this is when the main focus of the plot comes in. Through harsh experiments, the government are looking for ways to remove the bad out of someone and make them adverse to violence. Alex is the subject we see going through this of course, and the bright interiors fade away as Alex slowly transforms. Is it right to force someone through this then push them back out into the world? It raises strong questions on free choice and morality of it all, and we see that no one is truly all good. The pace does slog along a little as we go through the experiments to Alex’s release, but you start to root for the psychopath. 

I can see why A Clockwork Orange is herald as a classic. It has the style, the depth and still remains relevant today. Though I think the only people you’ll see dressed like droogs are those on a fancy dress night out. Except that one guy I always see around the farm. He’s a bit nuts. 

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