Most helpful critical review
on January 6, 2004
Kubrick. Hm. To begin with, I don't see the HUGE deal with him. I've seen most of his movies and yes, he has done some great work, but overall he's no more outstanding that the other household brand. The one exception with Kubrick is that he likes sex. Like 'The Shining'. He takes a scene from the book and throws a tall, dripping naked chick into the mix, with little apparent difference.
I dunno. It didn't suprise me that Kubrick did 'Eyes Wide Shut' or this movie.
If you have a streak of sadism in your blood, then 'A Clockwork Orange' should be an interesting film for you. I enjoyed it the first way through, despite a few irritating stretches and some horrible camera work (nearly a minute of footage from the POV of a giant statue...? Yeah...) I do recommend that you see it, because it is a powerful movie full of hideous violence, rape, the works. By the end I just rolled my eyes and was vaguely happy that it was over. What the hell did Kubrick end with some completely random sex scene for? Obviously the movie deals with all this, but it just seems like a way for Kubrick to get away with lifesize plaster casts of spread-eagle women. Whatever.
Some of the acting could've been better. The crippled old man, intense as he was for a moment there, falls apart very quickly. Malcolm McDowell did an excellent job, I give him that.
It's worth a see, but not the masterpiece the Kubrick fanatics make it out to be.