Copied tagline (because it is great): Being the adventures of a young man. . Who couldn’t resist pretty girls. . Or a bit of the old ultra-violence. . Went to jail, was re-conditioned. . And came out a different young man. . Or was he? Drinking drugged milk, listening to Beethoven, and wandering a strange landscape with his gang, Alex amuses himself with theft, rape, and random violence. Based on the Anthony Burgess novel, screenplay by Stanley Kubrick.
Malcolm McDowell (Alex), Patrick Magee (Mr. Alexander), Michael Bates (Guard), Warren Clarke (Dim), Paul Farrell (Tramp), James Marcus (Georgie), Aubrey Morris (Deltoid).
What there was of a plot was ridiculous and nothing more than an excuse to showcase aberrant behavior on a grand level. Continuity doesn’t exist in this film and you truly feel as if you are watching someone with ADD having an epileptic seizure. Yes there are social implications in the film, yes it does make some interesting statements about society and future social evolution, and yes there is some nice tart English humor involved. Beyond that though I don’t know that I would classify this as entertainment but rather a sociopathic diversion from reality that may be best viewed with the addition of chemical enhancement.
Acting was. . Or was it? As I think the goal of the film was chaos, I’d say the acting was nicely done with brutal inconsistency and misdirected emotion by every actor involved. And it finally proved to me McDowell is the nutball I’ve always expected he was. Camera work and effects were decent enough. Sound and dialogue were a challenge. With the number of unfamiliar words I kept wishing the volume were higher and dialogue crisper so I could validate what I thought I was hearing.
If you are looking for something different, stop here, you found it. I can honestly say I have never seen anything like this before. But if you are looking for entertainment, a plot, coherence or quality acting. . Save yourself and move along briskly.
Nudity, rape, violence, drugs, and the possibility of causing brain trauma should reserve this one for adults only.
A Clockwork Orange is no longer showing in any Littleton Colorado movie theatres.
Star rating: 2 out of 5
Genre: Classics, Sci-Fi Cult Classics, Sci-Fi Dramas, Dramas Based on Classic Literature
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