Attencion! The following review may contain spoilers.
Stanley Kubrick's A Clockwork Orange is my favorite movie ever (so far, I've got many movies to watch). Now, many months after seeing this epic satire, I think I can finally write a good review that leaves nothing unclear.
Our anti-hero Alex (played by Malcolm McDowell) is a young teenager who has a taste for raping, ultra-violence and classical music, especially the works of Ludvig van Beethoven. He has three droogs with him: Pete (Michael Tarn), Georgie (James Marcus) and Dim (Warren Clarke). Together, the group sits in the Korova Milk Bar, prior to an another evening of ultra-violence. They remain as a stable group until the order of the group is changed. While striking the house of an old woman, Alex gets busted and sentenced. However, while Alex suffers in prison, he is taken as a test example of the Ludovico treatment. But does it direct Alex's life into a better direction?
Alex and the droogs
The movie makes you sick, but makes you think. The world of A Clockwork Orange is very close to the real world: are behavioral psychology and psychological conditioning dangerous new weapons for a totalitarian government to use to impose vast controls on its citizens and turn them into little more than robots? Noone is right in the London of the future. However, it's just not the satire that makes the movie so great. It's made by the combination of thousands of things. The mood is dark yet somewhat humorous (Using "Singin' in the rain..." in a violent scene is pure awesomeness). The music by Walter/Wendy Carlos relies on classical music redone with Moog synthesizers. And the classical music only fills up the mood that's light, disgusting and dark at the same time. Only few movies can do that. Also, note the extensive and clever usage of the camera by Kubrick.
The actors are excellent, espsecially the main actor Malcolm McDowell, who makes Alex inhuman and yet human at the same time. His menacious stare (a trademark of Kubrick) remains forever in the memory. The screenplay, based on the book of Anthony Burgess, is good, even better than the novel. This might be the subtitles, but I found the Nadsat slang much more easier in the movie. The novel was good, but it translates much better into a movie, because the visuals make it even more menacing. The only thing that was better in the novel was the ending. The novel seems to explain more, although Kubrick leaves the end more open and makes your imagination fly. Like I have said and will say many times, Kubrick is a genius and the best director of all times, because he makes all his movies stable as wholes. He doesn't give us the answers, and relies on the brains of the viewer. Even though I sense a perfectionist in Stanley, it's OK, because who wouldn't want their movie to be excellent?
The pleasures of Alex: Classical music and seducing young girls with catchphrases from the 19th century
All in all, A Clockwork Orange is the best movie ever. It's a raw and disturbing image of the society and an ageless classic which has stood the test of time as a source of numerous cultural references and ideas, which nobody has done better.