Ahhh, Stanley Kubrick’s A Clockwork Orange, a film adaptation of Anthony Burgess‘s novella about a hyper-violent youth group in a dystopian future Britain which comments on juvenile delinquency, psychiatry, youth gangs, along with social, economic and political subjects. One of the most difficult film’s to watch on this list. So much so that I could not bring myself to watch it again, for a third time to review it with a fresh viewing. This is also a bit of the reasoning behind the giant lag in my 100ish Days of Summer. I have loaded it up 2 or 3 times int he past few weeks, and haven’t been able to really push past the first 10 minutes. Don’t get me wrong, the film is one for the ages, premiering in 1971, A Clockwork Orange symbolizes everything that was wrong with the rambunctious youths of England in the sixties and the fearful advantages that science takes in “curing” the “wicked.”
The film portrays gruesome, violent scenes of rape, murder, and brutality. It is classified as a “crime, drama, and sci-fi,” but it could easily also be classified as horror considering how frightening not only its’ scenes are, but also the main plot and themes that are seen throughout the film. A Clockwork Orange has always been praised for Director Kubrick’s screenplay and cinematography choices, but Malcolm McDowell‘s portrayal of Alex, one of the most infamous anti-heroes in the world of cinema, is the real subject to praise about. McDowell’s profiled face can be seen hanging up in any dorm room of a stoner student, or wannabe stoner, and for good reason to. Although the character Alex, was a teenager or young adult, McDowell was 28 at the time of the release and portrayed him with fright, intrigue, and self-intitled intelligence that every said stoner wishes they could display.
Although I myself could not bring myself to watch A Clockwork Orange alone again for this review, it does deserve a spot on the top 100 list. There is no film like it out there, although it is not a movie that one can stomach easily, it should be watched by those with a tough shelling. And since this film can not be watched by all adults, I stand by placing the film near the tail-end of the list.