7. A Clockwork Orange (1972)

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Roger's Rating :

Should be :

Roger really missed the boat on this one. He starts his review by saying, "Stanley Kubrick's A Clockwork Orange is an ideological mess, a paranoid right-wing fantasy masquerading as an Orwellian warning. It pretends to oppose the police state and forced mind control, but all it really does is celebrate the nastiness of its hero, Alex."
I couldn't disagree with him more. Anyone that watches that movie, and thinks that Alex is a hero must be really twisted. Although there are warnings against the Orwellian state, it certainly does not hold up Alex as someone to be admired. What makes the movie interesting is looking at the savage Alex and the State's response to him. Is it a reasonable response? Is it over the top?
He finishes his review by saying, "In addition to the things I've mentioned above -- things I really got mad about -- A Clockwork Orange commits another, perhaps even more unforgivable, artistic sin. It is just plain talky and boring. You know there's something wrong with a movie when the last third feels like the last half. " Here is the link to Roger's review.
Wow! A Clockwork Orange boring! That is one adjective I would never use in describing it..
I can understand why some people don't like this movie. It can be viewed as being excessively violent and misogynistic. It is definitely not for all tastes. But there are wonderful things in this movie. Using violence to denounce violence doesn't have to be gratuitous, and I definitely don't think it is here. When you look at recent movies like The Green Street Hooligans and The Football Factory we can actually view A Clockwork Orange as being closer to reality than we would perhaps care to admit.
This movie has an 8.5 rating on IMDB and has 6 directors and critics selecting it in the Sight and Sound Poll as one of the Top Ten movies of all time. Roger only gave it 2 stars in his review.
I think if Roger watched it again, with an open mind, he would really like it. What makes it so good is that it is probably even more relevant today than when it was made.

3 comments:

JACOB DOWD said...

Im glad he gave it a bad review, i love stanleys other movies but this one is just sick to me.
I really hated it.
I'm glad Ebert is not crazy.

Anonymous said...

but the filmmaking was wonderful, and malcolm mcdowell did a splendid job in this, he even said stanley kubrick let malcolm do all of alex's character development by himself, such as the rape scene where he sings 'singin in the rain' which was unscripted. It's such an amazing shot later on when alex goes back to the writer's house and sings it again, slowly becoming cured of the luduvico technique, and the writer begins to go crazy and drives alex to his suicide attempt, that's my favorite shot. Besides, the political message towards the end where he's being fed breakfast, and being helpless in a cast, crippled by the government as well so now they have to suck up to him, brilliant.

Skunk said...

This is one of my favorite movies; I really didn't like it the first time I tried watching it, and stopped watching it before the first third of the movie ended. But, people had a lot of good things (and bad things) to say about this movie, so I gave it a second chance and loved it.

It's one of those movies where there are no real heroes, just villains, and if the viewer doesn't 'get' that, then they're probably just not going to like the movie.


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