Friday, July 24, 2009

Exclusive Review: A Clockwork Orange

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Title: A Clockwork Orange
Distributor: Warner Bros. Pictures
Director: Stanley Kubrick
Writer(s): Stanley Kubrick (screenplay) Anthony Burgess (novel)
Staring: Malcolm McDowell
MPAA Rating: NA
Running Time: 136 min (2 hr and 16 min)
Synopsis: In future Britain, charismatic delinquent Alex DeLarge is jailed and later volunteers for an experimental aversion therapy developed by the government in an effort to solve society's crime problem... but not all goes to plan.

Other Reviews

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Rotten Tomatoes: T-Meter: 90% (Fresh), Top Critics: 71% (Fresh), RT Community: 91% (Fresh)
Metacritic: Critics: 78 out of 100, Users: 8.5 out of 10
MRQE Metric: 86: (56.4% A, 38.0% B, 5.4% C, 6.1% D, and 0.0% F)
Yahoo Movies: Critics: A- Users: B

My Review

Source Material: Based on the dystopian novel by Anthony Burgess.

Acting and Dialogue: A: This film showcases Malcolm McDowell’s talents at his prime. He is now a season actor and still performing at high remarks, well I think so anyways. I say this because I am a fanboy of the television show Heroes and Malcolm McDowell plays Mr. Linderman the main “villain” in Season One.

Art Direction: B: It’s not that is was bad it just not that tasteful.

Cinematography: A: It was very well done. Some cool shots that I enjoyed.

Direction: B+: I am not familiar Stanley Kubrick’s work so it is always hard to compare and commit. As far as story and pace it was good, confusing but good

Sound and Music: B: I liked the contrast between the whimsical classical music and the on screen violence.

VFX: B: It more of a dramatic driven film so not real noticeable VFX like Kubrick’s other film 2001: A Space Odyssey

Overall: B: Films like this confuse me…or should I say I don’t know what to make of them. If I were to look at the film as a piece of art, I would have to say it is a good painting. I am not going recommend it to the general audience. I only recommend it to film buffs and film students.