In 1962, Anthony Burgess wrote a dystopian novel of the title "A Clockwork Orange" which to this day is regarded one of the best literary works. The novel tells the narration of Alex, the lead character, whose story takes place in a futuristic London. His interests include classical music (Beethoven specially), rape and gang-wars. But one night he commits murder and his gang, who were already aggressive over his position as a gang leader, deceive him. Alex goes to prison but then the dystopian government of England come up with a cure for "violence and crime" and they choose Alex as their subject. After Alex is "cured", he joins society again with one major defect: He has lost his capability of "Self-defense" by this cure. To make matters worse, his past begins to haunt him... While this happens, we watch spellbound as Kubrick's magical lenses capture one of the greatest disturbing thrillers of the cinematic world.
This film is not new for movie fans. For them Stanley Kubrick is a cinematic giant. It's a must-have-film in your collection. For those who haven't seen this film, let me explain it briefly.
First of all, what this film depicts is vital. The film tries to show society it's own ugly face like in one scene a drunkard cries,"Huh! Man on the Moon! Men spinning around the Earth! And there's no attention to earthly law and order!" Through similar smart dialog, brilliant satire, disturbing imagery and politics Kubrick is making fun of some of the aspects of our society. There are youngsters who reside in the criminal world, take drugs, bunk school, rape, etc. Kubrick uses Alex and his gang to represent these youngsters. Their crimes make this film look average yet mysteriously it has a visionary insight to it. In spite the disturbing content of this film, we actually find the whole experience marvelous like we are physically present there. Even after so many years, Clockwork Orange's satire still describes our slowly deteriorating world society most perfectly. Thus, Clockwork Orange's message is clear even to the dumbest of audiences.
Secondly, Kubrick's presentation. Imagine you are writing an essay for some competition. Even if your content is brilliant, your bad hand-writing can make it hard to understand. Similar theory can be applied to films. The whole production made this film look lovely and easy to sit through. This also includes the brilliant ensemble who delivered powerful performances, especially McDowell who succeeded in scaring me! The way they delivered their dialog was deliberately made sound a little "artificial". It's like Kubrick's way of telling us that in future we are going to lose happiness in the smallest of life's joys, like we are just surviving not living. The music and the set pieces beautifully reflected the futuristic world, Alex's thoughts and the so-called "dystopian" politics.
Thirdly and lastly, Clockwork Orange has made extensive use of graphic violence and sexual content including nudity. The film was banned in England for like thirty years and was Rated XXX. Well, today we have numerous films that use this medium to entertain. Kubrick uses this medium not to torture us with the reality of life but to warn us. Although the images will not seem so disturbing now as we live in a violent world, but the innovative use of this medium is engaging and grasps our attention. For Example, Alex loves to sing "I am Singin' in the Rain" when he's energetic like before raping a woman.
In conclusion, this film is extremely smart, innovative, filled with fresh perspective, elements that still surprise me every time I watch it. Kubrick's another unmissable ingenious masterpiece that seriously entertains and at the same time makes your brain cells think...
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