IMDb Rating: 8,3/10
Genre: Crime, Drama, Sci-Fi
Director: Stanley Kubrick
Writers: Stanley Kubrick, Anthony Burgess
Stars: Malcolm McDowell, Patrick Magee, Michael Bates
So far, Stanley Kubrick movies I’ve watched are “The Shining,” “Dr. Strangelove,” “Full Metal Jacket,” and including this movie. I can say that “A Clockwork Orange” is a movie that can be called as one of the best masterpieces made by Kubrick, although many people say that “The Shining” is the best of all. “A Clockwork Orange” again made me love Stanley Kubrick’s movies, especially if the movie discusses anything related to anti-hero. Stanley Kubrick can be said as a director with talent that have no lack in it anymore because he seems capable of making all sorts of genres of all films. Although he’s said to be the best director of all time, apart from that, of course, he has a lot of controversies in every movie and “A Clockwork Orange” is one of them.
Protagonist Alex DeLarge is an “ultraviolent” youth in futuristic Britain. As with all luck, his eventually runs out and he’s arrested and convicted of murder and rape. While in prison, Alex learns of an experimental program in which convicts are programmed to detest violence. If he goes through the program, his sentence will be reduced and he will be back on the streets sooner than expected. But Alex’s ordeals are far from over once he hits the mean streets of Britain that he had a hand in creating.
The first impression I got in this movie is a movie that will probably feel crazy from beginning to ending. When the beginning of this movie, the audience will be shown the face of Alex in the zoom out along with the members of his gang while drinking milk in the bar that has a very mature content. First of all, this movie isn’t recommended by children or for those of you who haven’t 18 because there is a lot of content that’s inappropriate to look at. Back to the discussion, I thought that this movie tells about a psychopath who always acts crazy on a street in Britain. Beating people, rebel against one gang with another or anything related to psychopath and sociopath. However, it all turned grim when it entered the scene where Alex became a brainwashing experiment. The nuances of each scene always keep us remembering what’s we’ve watched before, whether it’s violent, sexual, or disturbing. One of the most memorable scenes that many people remember including me is the scene where Malcolm McDowell improvised by singing the song “Singin ‘in the Rain” during the raping scene.
“A Clockwork Orange” is a movie where you can bring out emotions and sick feelings while watching this movie. But somehow Stanley Kubrick made all of it with his genius idea that there was a sense of satisfaction in itself. This film is also actually a satire and criticism of our daily life. Alex is a sociopath where he is unforgiving and wants to do it arbitrarily about what he wants to do. He couldn’t understand humanity so that he had no mercy to rape his victim, beat him, and all sorts of ways he did to generate his own sense of satisfaction. However, karma always haunts the culprit. By the time Alex gets through the government’s experiments, Alex thinks his life will become free. But it didn’t get well when he met his parents again, reunited with the victims he had punished, and met his old friend back after what he did. In essence, he experienced karmic punishment with what he had done in the past. If I think about this more deeply, I don’t know which one is the good guy and the bad guy. For me, it’s all same because Alex is actually an ordinary human like anybody in general. Although the people in this movie think that Alex has done an inhumanity in the past, it’s all same if there is a feeling of resentment in it. Hence, Alex’s victims look like the bad guys who hurt poor Alex. Actually, this is very familiar with life especially you can see all over the place in this world. People always assume that someone is bad just because he has been bad in the past wherein present days are not like that anymore. But, come on. Why do people always see someone just because of his past? And also, what is the result of the treatment of revenge? Do you guys feel your own satisfaction? Or is it all just a waste of time and energy?
I love all the social realism in this movie and it’s all show neatly arranged and detailed in it. A person may have good intentions in his heart even if he does it the wrong way. This is also actually I often see around me like news about a doctor become suspected of using drugs. People who have superficial thoughts would think, “He is a doctor but he using drugs. I hope he dies in hell!” or so on. I just don’t like people like that, seeing things from their own perspective while something full of lies would be easier to trust than an honest person. This movie also contains something that looks like a mental and psychological where the character of Alex who underwent an experiment ended like a controlled person like a robot. Alex is just a helpless person where he can’t do everything according to his conscience. He was forced to be a good person and pushing hated with things like violence and sex. Actually, this movie does have all aspects of it that also you can see it by yourself with it’s your own thinking.
“A Clockwork Orange” is Stanley Kubrick’s most crazy yet beautiful movie to watch. All kinds of memorable scenes in it are also here. Can be viewed from all aspects such as social satire and so forth. “A Clockwork Orange” is a film that can be said to be able to cover all sorts of issues in it which will be combined into one. Disturbing, madness, Beethoven, to sarcasm words that make some of us laugh.