A Clockwork Orange Review Mark Riordan Bar-Lev 2012

I can assume that many of you went to see this film with the same thought as I did: “with a name like Clockwork Orange, what the heck can this movie POSSIBLY be about”? I can also assume we left with the same sentiment: “wow”. Kubrick outdid himself with Clockwork, with its absolutely never-before-seen story and its dark, gloomy, grime-ridden atmosphere resembling that of German expressionism. Alex, played by Malcolm McDowell, epitomizes the low-life, heartless protagonist you unexplainably cheer on, as he rapes the town with fear and violence. He is later arrested and sent to a clinic where an experimental treatment for misconduct is being trialed: watching violent images while being subjected to pain/discomfort in attempt to get the patient to subconsciously correlate the two. Kubrick laces the film with classical music; most often with Beethoven. This is fitting as the beauty of the music counteracts the hideous violent behavior. The lighting was scarce but yet further enhanced the desired ambiance of the gloom (the trained eye might notice a purple tint throughout the film). Kubrick’s flawlessly symmetric shots go without rant, giving yet another Kubrick film the essence of a motion photograph. Kubrick’s “Timeless Purple” was a definite top 20 film,and I give it 5 cups-ofKorova milk out of 5

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