A Clockwork Orange

09/02/2016 15:55

Film: A Clockwork Orange

Year: 1971

Director: Stanley Kubrick

Writer: Stanley Kubrick

Starring: Malcolm McDowell, Patrick Magee and Michael Bates





This film follows Alex de Large (Malcolm McDowell). He narrates throughout the film. This also takes place in the near future. The official synopsis is in the future, a sadistic gang leader is imprisoned and volunteers for a conduct-aversion experiment, but it doesn’t go as planned.


I have to say that I first saw this film when I was a senior in high school and was blown away, but I really didn’t know what I saw. I have seen this film multiple times and it is just as good this last time as previous times. The first thing I want to say is that the acting is amazing. McDowell is perfect as the main character. You see the range of him being the fearless leader to being the fake acting prisoner that we see from criminals who just want freedom. It is great seeing him where he is conditioned to no longer commit crimes. I feel the supporting cast is great as well. I thought director Stanley Kubrick did a great job on selecting a soundtrack that fits the film perfect. I love the use of classic music and having a vicious, young main character having such refined taste in music. I really enjoy the highly sexual artwork every place we go, as it is such a taboo, but this film makes it seem like it’s not in this possible future.


I want to go into the issues this film portrays to me. This film was made in the 1970s, which explains why we have the colors and outfits. Now this film does make it seem like the youth is vicious and violent, something that we can see still today with bully and school shootings. This is why the Ludovico method is introduced, to condition those that are violent and deviant, to no longer be able to commit the crimes they do. Now this would eliminate prisons, but it also eliminates their ability to decide to do good or to do bad. This becomes a religious/moral debate then. Quigley is the only one that we see at first who is against this method. He sees that man should be able to choose what they do and not be forced into it. Not only that, but if McDowell isn’t cured of this, he could never have a family as he can’t touch a woman without being sick. This could be what they wanted to have happen, to eliminate the ‘criminal gene’. I am against this notion though, because I feel it is a combination of nature and nurture to create criminals.


I don’t really have anything negative to say about this film. I have also read the book and I feel that is a very good adaptation from that. The film is long, but I can’t see a place to take anything out. Some of the characters in the book are changed for the film, but seeing why they did it, it makes sense.


Now with that said, I would highly recommend seeing this film at least once. I will warn you that it is from the 70s, so if you have issues with films that are older, then you will see one with this. There is quite a bit of nudity. There is also violence, some of it in the form of rape, so keep that in mind as well. I will say that the acting is great, the soundtrack and story are as well. The film makes you think about crime and punishment and how we should deal with it. Is it worth it to make men into machines without reason or do we allow them to decide to what is right? Really makes you think and I would say view this film to see where you stand.


My Rating: 10 out of 10