Friday, March 13, 2015

525. A Clockwork Orange

A Clockwork Orange
1971
Directed by Stanley Kubrick








Pictured above is the device that was needed to make me sit through this film.  I promise there will come a time when I like a Stanley Kubrick film, but this isn't it.  In fact, this is one of my least favorite movies of all time. Please be gentle in the comment section.  I have a family!

All right, let's get this over with.  Alex and his "droogs" get high off of milk, presumably milk that is laced with drugs or maybe they just go really crazy for milk.  Anyway, they engage in "ultra-violence" which includes crippling a man for life and raping a woman in front of her husband.  Blah, blah, blah, Beethoven music.  Alex is sent to prison and volunteers to do an experimental procedure to cure him of his violence in exchange for a shorter sentence. Blah, blah, blah is safety better than free will?  Wasn't that a mature and sophisticated synopsis?

I think I have mentioned before how any rape scene in a film completely ruins the movie for me.  It is extremely upsetting for me to watch, I have nightmares for days afterward, and I can't stop thinking about it.  I am not sure what exactly I want done about it.  On the one hand, a crime that is so traumatic and prevalent in society can't just be completely ignored in film.  On the other hand, if it is being used for shock value or, in this case, portrayed in a disgustingly silly way, shouldn't we eliminate it altogether?

I am all for having an anti-hero, but surely the filmmakers can't expect us to mourn Alex's loss of free will?  However, that is what it felt like at the end.  I wish he had been strapped in that chair longer.  They should have forced him to watch W.R.: Mysteries of the Organism.  Or this film.  That's true punishment.

RATING: *----

Interesting Facts:

Stanley Kubrick added the snake to the movie because Malcolm McDowell was afraid of reptiles.  This guy had some serious issues.

Gene Kelly was extremely upset about how the song "Singin' in the Rain" was used in the film.  Don't blame him one bit.

Several copycat crimes were committed in the UK after this was released.  It was then withdrawn.  Dear lord.

Malcolm McDowell's corneas were scratched several times during filming.