I had the incredible opportunity to view Stanley Kubrick’s masterpiece on the big screen this afternoon, so I decided to write a review about it.
There aren’t many good things to say about A Clockwork Orange that have not already been said by someone, somewhere. The film was created by the brilliant Stanley Kubrick, who happens to be my absolute favorite director. I am a huge fan of nearly everything that Kubrick has so generously provided us with over the span of his life, A Clockwork Orange being my absolute favorite. People cry at me when I say that. The Shining, Strangelove,2001, and Full Metal Jacket all currently sit at the top of their respectful genres in my book, I just love A Clockwork Orange the most of the Kubrick films. Why? I will tell you why.
A Clockwork Orange is the most bizarre, brilliant, and mind blowing film that I have ever viewed.
Kubrick just has this knack for making his films memorable in any way that he possibly could. A Clockwork Orange accomplishes this task with it’s strange and unpredictable characters, the odd, yet intentional narrative, and its especially outlandish dialogue. Characters sometimes have different colored hair, and most of their actions can only be explained by the fact that they are raving mad. Watching it today, I payed a lot more attention to the eccentric set pieces that Kubrick used in this film. The design of the Korova milk bar is the first setting that is introduced, which really sets the weird tone of film.
I applaud whoever created the design of this bar. You managed to make me feel both intrigued and uncomfortable at the same time, which I believe was the exact goal that you were striving for. I also really enjoyed the record store set piece, as well as the layout of Alex’s room in the film, very odd and creative.
One of the main reasons I love this film is the main character Alex. I think my favorite aspect of his character is that he owns a pet snake, and he keeps it in his drawer. Kubrick could not have thought of a better pet for Alex to have. I don’t know, I thought it was genius. I gained a whole lot of respect for Malcolm Mcdowell for this one. He plays the crazed psychopath to perfection. The “Singing in the Rain” scene? Yeah, wow. At that point you are asking yourself, “What the hell am I watching? Not sure, but this is completely brilliant.” His character is completely unpredictable, and a complete lunatic, yet still manages to earn my sympathy throughout the film despite his wrongdoing. The film makes you feel sympathy for a psychotic, murdering, rapist. Yeah.
Overall this movie sits at my #3 spot for favorite movie of all time. The film is shocking, entertaining, funny, disturbing, and just plain bizarre. These are all very, very, good things. There isn’t much else to say about this one. Kubrick is the man. If you don’t agree, yeah, I don’t care.