A Clockwork Orange

"Essential"

A Clockwork Orange Review


Kubrick was a beatnik poet. His work was plagued with metaphors, and the disease of hidden meaning was always turned to his advantage. In 2001: A Space Odyssey, he had almost a precognisance about the worry of the future that the millennium has exhibited so well for us. In The Shining, he taught us that, to a degree, all fear came from oneself. In Full Metal Jacket, he said that war was the ultimate destructor of the psyche. In Eyes Wide Shut, his final opus, he told us that love, handled like revenge, can only have destructive consequences.

The message, for those of you people who were not able to discern it past the violence in A Clockwork Orange, was the same of the Hindu construct known as Karma: what goes around, comes around.

A Clockwork Orange tells the bittersweetly ironic tale of sociopath Alex DeLarge (MacDowell) who lives for two things: Beethoven's 9th and what he calls "the old ultraviolence." The film opens with one of the strangest sequences ever captured: the beating of an infirm to the tune of "Singing in the Rain." From there on in, it only gets both odder and more schizophrenic.

When Alex is caught for murdering a phallus-obsessed rich eccentric with a large porcelain penis (take that, Freud!), he is shipped off to a British penitentiary where be becomes the subject of an experimental program of conditioning designed to make him "a clockwork orange"... someone who is incapable of doing harm unto anyone.

As he is released from the prison, karma begins to take effect. The infirm from the beginning attacks him. He is rescued by two police officers who were former cohorts that he double-crossed, and, in turn, they beat him and leave him by the side of the road. Beaten and nearly blinded, he wanders along the road... only to find himself at the house of a woman that he raped. The woman has died, but the husband is incredibly bitter and locks him in a room... to listen to Beethoven's 9th (which he cannot stand as a side effect of the conditioning).

A Clockwork Orange is a film that, from beginning to end, drips irony from its tongue. It is a brilliant, darkly poetic work that is able to both enrapture and disgust. If you can get over being disgusted, enjoy.



A Clockwork Orange

Facts and Figures

Run time: 136 mins

In Theaters: Wednesday 2nd February 1972

Box Office Worldwide: $26.6M

Budget: $2.2M

Production compaines: Hawk Films, Warner Bros.

Reviews

Contactmusic.com: 5 / 5

IMDB: 8.4 / 10

Cast & Crew

Director:

Producer:

Starring: as Alexander de Large, as Mr. Alexander, as Mrs. Alexander, as Chief Guard, as Dim, as Georgie, Michael Tarn as Pete, as Dr. Brodsky, as Tramp, as Catlady, as Mum, as Mr. P. R. Deltoid, as Prison Chaplain, as Lodger, Richard Connaught as Billy Boy (gang leader), as Psychiatrist, as Dad

Contactmusic


Links



Advertisement

New Movies

Star Wars: The Last Jedi Movie Review

Star Wars: The Last Jedi Movie Review

After the thunderous reception for J.J. Abrams' Episode VII: The Force Awakens two years ago,...

Daddy's Home 2 Movie Review

Daddy's Home 2 Movie Review

Like the 2015 original, this comedy plays merrily with cliches to tell a silly story...

The Man Who Invented Christmas Movie Review

The Man Who Invented Christmas Movie Review

There's a somewhat contrived jauntiness to this blending of fact and fiction that may leave...

Ferdinand Movie Review

Ferdinand Movie Review

This animated comedy adventure is based on the beloved children's book, which was published in...

Brigsby Bear Movie Review

Brigsby Bear Movie Review

Director Dave McCary makes a superb feature debut with this offbeat black comedy, which explores...

Battle of the Sexes Movie Review

Battle of the Sexes Movie Review

A dramatisation of the real-life clash between tennis icons Billie Jean King and Bobby Riggs,...

Shot Caller Movie Review

Shot Caller Movie Review

There isn't much subtlety to this prison thriller, but it's edgy enough to hold the...

Advertisement
The Disaster Artist Movie Review

The Disaster Artist Movie Review

A hilariously outrageous story based on real events, this film recounts the making of the...

Stronger Movie Review

Stronger Movie Review

Based on a true story about the 2013 Boston Marathon bombing, this looks like one...

Only the Brave Movie Review

Only the Brave Movie Review

Based on a genuinely moving true story, this film undercuts the realism by pushing its...

Wonder Movie Review

Wonder Movie Review

This film may be based on RJ Palacio's fictional bestseller, but it approaches its story...

Happy End  Movie Review

Happy End Movie Review

Austrian auteur Michael Haneke isn't known for his light touch, but rather for hard-hitting, award-winning...

Patti Cake$ Movie Review

Patti Cake$ Movie Review

Seemingly from out of nowhere, this film generates perhaps the biggest smile of any movie...

The Limehouse Golem Movie Review

The Limehouse Golem Movie Review

A Victorian thriller with rather heavy echoes of Jack the Ripper, this film struggles to...

Advertisement
Artists
Actors
    Filmmakers
      Artists
      Bands
        Musicians
          Artists
          Celebrities
             
              Artists
              Interviews
                musicians & bands in the news
                  actors & filmmakers in the news
                    celebrities in the news

                      Go Back in Time using our News archive to see what happened on a particular day in the past.