Movie: A Clockwork Orange

Crime, Drama, Sci-Fi | Stanley Kubrick | UK, USA | 1971 | IMDB

In future Britain, charismatic delinquent Alex DeLarge is jailed and volunteers for an experimental aversion therapy developed by the government in an effort to solve society’s crime problem - but not all goes according to plan.

I say the movie left me with mixed feelings. The characters seemed a little bit flat to me, and situations exaggerated (both perhaps deliberately).

Some scenes were there purely for shock value and I did not appreciate them, nor did they had any impact on me, because they felt disconnected from the rest of the happening.

Scenery was mostly uninspiring, either exaggerated or dull. The story was often pushed, almost dragged on, by unbelievable coincidences (Deus ex machina).

Society, a mixture of something that looked like an anarchy and authoritarianism, turned out unrealistic. For example, it seems that rape and violent crimes are a very regular thing, yet, people seems to be overly relax and comfortable.

Kubrick stated, “The Minister, played by Anthony Sharp, is clearly a figure of the Right. The writer, Patrick Magee, is a lunatic of the Left… They differ only in their dogma. Their means and ends are hardly distinguishable.”[1] But that’s true for any extreme, take militant atheists versus a religious extremist and you’ll find a lot of common points. It’s hence a banality, which didn’t add much to the main topic of a movie.

The theme of morality and free will was bland and awkwardly portrayed.

The main character, has given no time to reflect on his loss of free will, nor he went through any meaningful transformation. He’s hollow from the start to the end.

He and his friends seems to be merely a symptom of a wider society, which I could swallow if the society itself wouldn’t be so poorly constructed, and vice versa, I could accept poorly constructed society, if protagonist would be well developed. But there’s no depth on either side, and hence the whole movie felt flat.

On a side note, I found dialog and narration amusing, because of the Slavic (Russian) / English slang used. What was an implication of this though, it’s unclear.

I felt there’s an idea worth exploring somewhere behind it, and reading a book might be worthwhile.