A Clockwork Orange Reviews
A film that dissects the moral nature of an individual while questioning the ethics of morality. Stanley Kubrick's A Clockwork Orange raises important questions in regards to free will and how it defines the human experience.
Alex Delarge (Malcolm McDowell) is a sociopath who finds amusement through his many acts of ultraviolence. Although he does these actions, he still possess the one trait that makes him human: the freedom to choose. This remains to be true until he is arrested and he undergoes the Ludovico Technique, a treatment designed to eliminate unlawful impulses. After this treatment Alex is left with the inability to choose, thus taking away the one trait that made him human. He becomes a clockwork; a toy that is wound up by others. His actions are controlled and mechanized by others, leaving him in a robotic state. It is only when Alex returns to his ultraviolent ways that we are able to see his human qualities begin to return, teaching us that the human experience is defined by the ability to make conscious decisions.
Though disturbing, A Clockwork Orange manages to convey many important messages that are relevant in today's society. With this is mind, I believe that this is Kubrick's most controversial and powerful film.
Eso sí, nadie niega lo loco y desenfrenado de esta obra de Kubrick.
A perfect 10
The film explores powerful issues, such as government intervention, the importance of free will and the split between the young and old of society, that make the film continuously thought-provoking and disturbingly relevant. Kubrick achieves a grounded sci-fi feel through intelligent use of sets, backgrounds and props. Instead of crazy gadgets or robots, erotic art and quirky costumes give the sense of a different society. The film looks futuristic to an extent, but feels very realistic, making its content even more apt and terrifying. Kubrick also incorporates the book's made up language, Nadsat, a combination of English, Russian and Cockney rhyming slang. It results in intriguing dialogue that feels like you are part of an older generation attempting to understand the weird colloquialisms of teenagers. This language is prevalent, thanks to narration from Alex himself. Malcolm McDowell's definitive performance is unnervingly brilliant as the psychopath. He comes across as charming in his speech yet repulsive in his actions. He often refers to the viewer as 'friend', creating an uncomfortable personal relationship between oneself and Alex. The juxtaposition of his speech and actions makes for an engaging and interesting character, and it is easy to see his influence throughout cinema.
A Clockwork Orange is a multi-layered motion picture that has great range and depth. It deals with ever more relevant issues and themes and is therefore a true must watch film.