Posted on 10/15/12 06:46 PM
As typical as it may seem Stanley Kubrick has become my favourite director after viewing films in a more serious manner then the average moviegoer for atleast a few years. Everything Kubrick ever touched was so unique,inventive,original and somewhat daring it's really impossible for a "Film Buff" not to love his work. So far ive seen 8 of his films and it's not gonna be long before I see the rest but you see one thing about "A Clockwork Orange" which seems to allmost never not be mentioned within his top 5 or even being called his very best by fellow fans is along with "Full Metal Jacket" his most weakest film ive seen, but not suprisingly ofcourse far from horrible.
"A Clockwork Orange", too me strangely seems like a very waterd down Kubrick film instead of getting a masterpiece here we have a film with many flashes of greatness I mean there's alot to love about the film and despite dissagreeing with it's worldwide status it's no suprise too me why the film is as popular as it is. "2001 : A Space Odyssey" is his best film from what ive seen, alot of what made that film great is apparent here, Malcom Mcdowell's performence is close to the top of the best performence's in which Kubrick directed. The direction was ofcourse great, highly detailed with all shots having deep meaning he directed Alex's (Mcdowell's) very thoughts masterfuly as he did in 2001 the film is equipped with some of his best singular scenes but the film doesn't hold together well such as in what I consider his 5 masterpeices,2001,Dr. Strangelove,Paths of Glory,The Shining and The Killing all of those films were perfect imo. The underrated Barry Lyndon which doesn't quiet make his top 5 is also a more expertly crafted film.
So it's based in a dystopian future with Alex and his Droogs who are mainly interested in the music of Beethoven,rape and the ol' ultrviolence and when things go the wrong way alex is then imprisoned to recoverey but yea you all know that. Just incase you didn't I guess...
Ive seen this film three times now so before you tell me to watch it again just remember that, i'm not sure who recalls but when I first reviewd this film I actually gave it a rating of 40% and tore it apart. But upon a second viewing admititly I was offended by the graphic rape-scenes and realistic and disturbing violence. I really didn't look at the film past that, and on a second viewing I understood and liked it more. Now on my third viewing which is now when i'm confident to review it again I thought the film had a great start I think that because I now understand it more the first 30 minutes of this seemed more like masterful filmaking to the fullest, it makes something so disturbing into something so entertaining but not for long enough.
The thing is after the masterful 30 minutes the film seriously get's dull and has great ideas but strangely Kubrick didn't get the pacing right it just wasn't well balanced like i'm used to feeling in his other films I went from being entertained to rather bored but every so often the film delieverd again but when waiting for the ending I can't stress how much better I thought it could have been. The film is definitely deep and Thought-provoking but alot of it doesnt work I had a problem with alot of the things that happend to Alex it all moved too fast and alot of it seemed forced.
On paper this would seem like a masterpeice but you have to take everything into account here as bad as it may sound the film would have actually been better if it were just 2 hours of ultra-violence when Alex is deprived of doing what he most enjoys I was deprived from enjoying what I most enjoyed about the film. It really doesn't hold together well enough I wasn't engaed from beginging to end like I was with his other 5 films I mentioned above. The cinematography,direction,score (which is one of the best ive ever heard),Dialoge(legendary dark humor),and supporting performences were all just as brillaint as needed whilst Mcdowell gave the one great perofmence everyone else was atleast very good and there for a reason but the overall execution makes a disspointing and sorry but overrated film which is still great in many ways but really not the perfect masterpeice it's most loyal fans make it out to be. Everything aside the massive influence it had on cinema is ofcourse, undiniable...