Thursday, December 8, 2011

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Movie Review: A Clockwork Orange

                    So, today I got the desire to finally watch A Clockwork Orange. This movie, directed by Stanley Kubrick, and starring Malcolm McDowell as the anti-hero, Alex DeLarge, is adapted by a novel which goes by the same name, written by Anthony Burguess. The narrator, Alex, chronicles what is the crime spree by him and his droogs (which is what he called the members of his gang), his time in prison and the results of the Ludovico Treatment, and finally the after-effect of the treatment. 

You're in for a ride.

                    If you're planning to watch this movie, first of all, know that there is a lot of violent and pornographic content. Not only in art, there is also scenes where rape is depicted (at least they used grown women, insted of underage girls like in the book). The movie's also "futuristic" (The year is 1995, the movie was made in 1971, the novel was made in 1962. 

There's no lasers or anything, which makes it more realistic.

                     The main character, Alexander, has quite a charisma. He narrates the story in a slang language called Nadsat, which incorporates elements of British English and Russian. The movie features a soundtrack composed mainly of symphonies by Ludwig Van Beethoven. The rest is music made on a Moog synthesizer by Walter Carlos. 

Mister Ludwig Van...

                     The theme of the film is mostly morality. It's stated that by going under the Ludivoco Treatment, Alex would lose his free will. He's basically turned into a clockwork orange: Organic on the outside, just machinery on the inside. This is a critic to totalitarian governments. As Kubrick stated it, the film is: "...a social satire dealing with the question of whether behavioural psychology and psychological conditioning are dangerous new weapons for a totalitarian government to use to impose vast controls on its citizens and turn them into little more than robots."

                     Now, this movie is made with content that would have made it very controversial these days, imagine what it did back in the 70's. Like I said, there's a lot of pornographic content (which was turned down a notch). The society in the film appeared to be a society from a horribly failed left-wing government which was turning into a fascist sort of people. 

And that includes violent gangs.
                    In fact, the narrator's faults were reflected in the society he lived in. He loved the "in-out", and a lot of people, even his parents, had forms of art which featured naked women. He was also very violent, and he ends up getting beaten up by a lot of people, including the police. This means that the backgrond he lived in made him the way he was. 

Fun Fact: Heath Leadger's Joker was based on Alex DeLarge.
                   I really do suggest you watch this film if you can get over the violent imagery. The story is excellent, the acting is great, and everything's quite well done. You can have fun finding references to Beethoven and other Kubrick films, and, I know that a lot of people have already seen this, but there are still many more that haven't. To those that haven't, go on. It's a must-see. 
Yes, you'll quite enjoy it, especially if you're in the mood for some ultra-violence.