“Demonic gang-leader Alex, goes on the spree of rape, mugging and murder with his pack of ‘droogs’. But he’s a boy who also likes Beethoven’s Ninth and a bit of ‘the old in-out, in-out’. Then he finds himself at the mercy of the state and its brainwashing experiment designed to take violence off the streets and put it at the service of the government”
Well, the thing with this is, had it not been directed by Stanley Kubrick. This really wouldn’t work in the way that it does. Content is obviously horrific but cinematically? It’s not exactly beautiful but it isn’t half off being a master piece.
The great cold cinematography makes each scene seem empty, in the literal term not within the plot at all. Totally detracting the audience from an already dysfunctional lead role, played by a nutty Malcolm McDowell.
This is very well played by Kubrick and McDowell, with what they managed to do with a tragic story line. The whole story of forgiveness, once he is released from imprisonment- can you forgive someone for what they’ve done despite how much they’ve changed. I mean the first 40 minutes, hour or so it is pretty much an ultra violent montage of how horrible Alex chooses to spend his free time. So once that ends and the psycho therapy begins the film really lifts off, it still loses it’s way hear and there and is very hard to watch. The uncomfortable third act of the film where Alex ends up sitting in a room next Darth Vader and a man who’s wife that Alex raped to death and caused him to be wheel chair bound, that one scene is one of, for me one of the tensest scenes in the film and watching Alex strive in terror at the sound of Beethoven is painful to watch.
Also a genius scene in which Malcolm McDowell, mentally time travels back in time.
Powerful. Brutal. Shocking. Crazy. Bizarre. Funny. Fearless. Tough and Brilliant.
Best Line in the Film: “It’s funny how the colors of the real world only seem really real when you viddy them on the screen.” – Malcolm McDowell