A Clockwork Orange Reviews
Whilst the violence may be unsettling for some, I found it to be quite theatrical and stylised, more like a proto-Tarrantino film, and you can certainly see the influence Kubrick had on him here.
I love how you approach the film from the point of view of the psychopath at the centre. His actions are particularly unpleasant, but you can't help but like 'your humble narrator,' one of the best 'anti-heroes' in cinema.
I particularly liked the cinematography and lenses used in this film too; which give an almost 'fisheye' effect of putting you straight into the action.
An acquired taste no doubt, and not one I'd watch every day. But this film has great style, a wonderful 'made up' language (which I found much easier to follow on screen than in the book) and memorable characters and is definitely one of the most unique films of its time.
Don't think that I am looking to complain about something, but I cannot identify a primary conflict, in terms of a story. This hurts me, because I want to succumb to the style and, had yet to mention, the sickly appetizing humour that comes with many characters reaching for power. That ranges from Michael Bates as an uptight prison guard with zero faith in the redemption of Alex, given why he was imprisoned in the first place, to Patrick Magee as a wealthy man whose hunt for justice matches perfectly with bloodthirsty revenge. Goddamn, Clockwork Orange is spectacular in parts. Really though, the lack of a primary conflict does not help me in appreciating why Kubrick framed the story as he did. Will that stop me from watching this again and again? No, not at all. All that I can do is deduct half a star.