Open your “glazzies” wide, because vindictive youth is approaching, and you will feel its mark on you.


A Clockwork Orange stomped its way into the eyes of millions with its uncompromising, unflinching, boundary-pushing futuristic world with enough bite to appeal to almost everyone. It also packed depth and originality thus struck a chord with wise critics of film. Additionally, it struck a chord with youth, showing how reckless and uncaring they can be, but represented them via the protagonist, as one, a king who loses his crown.

 

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The plot should not be given away. In essence, is about a boy and his gang, and their malicious apathetic adventures of the night in a futuristic world, where the obscenities and offenses are not censored visually but are censored through language. Burgess developed an exclusive language (which he combined using a few others) that adds originality, intelligence and a safety net to the daring activities of the protagonist Alex (Malcolm McDowell).

Alex is a psychopath, but is still intriguing in his own right. He is obedient when not roaming the night with his mates. He is charismatic, has a pet snake and walks around in fancy English outfits up until his downfall. Upon paying for his crimes he manages to avoid a full prison sentence via being brainwashed instead. He pays for his crimes more in society than he does behind bars. Viewers might even feel bad for him for the suffering he endures post-release. You see Alex fighting for pleasure, and than you observe him fighting for survival. That is quite a contrast.


It’s an entire world created, including drugged milk, doll women who dispense milk inappropriately, futuristic cars and furniture and blends old fashioned haircuts with futuristic makeup.

Kubrick made changes, but did so masterfully. He cuts material, as most tend to do. Though interestingly, he ended the film differently. According to the author, he intended to end the story with Alex being good, good on the outside, via being mechanically forced to be that way on the inside, like ‘a clockwork orange’. Alex appears to be reformed. That’s in the ending included by the author after publishing folks were dealt with. In Kubrick’s version, the film ends much differently. See for yourself.

 

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The film explores different commentary on reckless youth, gangs, psychiatric conditions and even corruption of government. The cinematography is great and the score is composed brilliantly. A timeless classic such as this film, should not be overlooked by anyone. It is a must see picture and unless one is very sensitive, you should make an appointment to indulge in its art.

This picture has developed a cult following and it is highly influential. It made a Top 100 Films of All Time list, and is a true cinematic achievement. Few people are capable of envisioning such a groundbreaking original piece of art.

Futuristic London should be met with caution.

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  • DanielBoatwright

    Very well written review spencer. I saw the movie while visiting London at the Curzon Soho cinema there. It has been my favorite movie ever since.