A Thematic and Artistic Masterwork
This is the most intelligently provacative movie I have ever seen. It is also the most perfectly realized artistic movie masterwork I have ever seen, with the exception of Kubrick's equally-amazing 2001: A Space Odyssey. All of the elements of this movie - the acting, the direction, the cinematography, the music, and the script, work together perfectly to jolt you to attention, keep you riveted, and challenge you with insight at the perfectly dark ending that leaves bare the obvious realities about human violence that are not going to be easily solved if we are to retain our humanity. This is one of the very few "must-see" movies for every movie-lover, even though it is often a difficult movie to watch. See it.
Not a dark comedy, just revoltingly twisted
From an intellectual standpoint alone this is a good movie, but it is basically a lot of goings-on in the providing of what turns out of be a simple message. Honestly, the content and story are too revolting to truly get into as a viewer. It is not a movie I would purchase, as after one viewing that is all you would ever want to see of it. The only thing of enduring interest is that you get to see what Darth Vader (Dave Prowse, who plays the bodybuilder / caretaker for the old man) looks like in real life.
My advice is that unless you want the content of this movie to dog you for years, don't watch it. If you have a passing interest in classical music, avoid it at all costs. While this movie is a work of art of sorts, it makes not positive contribution to society in any way but rather degrades it. While I respect Kubrik's effort here, I think it represents a disservice to the art.
A Clockwork Orange
I think that this Stanley Kubrick classic was a story about a man named Alex and his droogs and I thought it was interesting. AWESOME
It Hard to Appreciate Just How Original This Was
I first saw this movie in 1975, and went to the showing knowing nothing about it, which was great because nothing really could have prepared me for this. When the final credits came up and a certain song began to play (I won't name it because that would be a spoiler) I didn't know whether to laugh or cry. I wanted to do both. It's become one of my very favorite movies. To this day, lines from the movie will pop into my head at random moments and the score will start working its way into my head without my wanting it there. Audiences in 1971 didn't know what to make of it. It was startlingly new and they'd never seen anything quite like its mix of high and low culture, beauty and ugliness, hopefulness and despair before. The use of music was especially stunning. The integration of music into the story coordinated with the visuals was not new, but it had never been used to such effect before, which is hard to appreciate now because it's become a cliche, copied many times by directors with much less talent. It's also an unsually successful adaption of a difficult novel to the screen. If you've read the book, you'll appreciate first of all what a remarkable book it is, but also it wouldn't seem possible that you could make a movie out of it that comes anywhere close to capturing the novel (which uses its own language). Kubrick succeeded brilliantly, not by following the book closely but by capturing the book's spirit and feeling and translating it to the screen. At its essence, it's really just a simple morality tale set in a disturbing future. The parents with their mod clothes and wrinkles were the baby boomers grown old without grace (or a clue). It's difficult now, 45 years later, to appreciate just how original this all was.
This is a classic of the ultra-violent!!!
By GhostOfDeath rates
This is has to be my favorite movie of all time! I can see this over and over again and not get bored!
If you don't get it you are not paying attention
A brilliant amazing film. Hands down classic.
Yes Doctor, This is a 2001 Space Odyssey home run.
See it with your Eyes Wide shut.
Another Brilliant Movie From Kubrick
First of all i wanna say that im a huge fan of Kubrick who also made The Shining which is my favorite horror movie of all times and now this where to start..This movie is by far the best ive ever since the performances were amazing despite the movie having bunch of hater like the saying haters gonna hate.im 17 and i enjoyed every second of it and im sure everyone loved it as well we all fell in love and hated Alex at the same time but i dont know i jist love him for being a psycho reminds me of Tate for some reason :) so i give this a huge 5 star for making another masterpiece.
A thoughtful meditation on violence in media
I believe that Ghostdog650, a fellow reviewer, has missed the point of this movie. First and foremost, it is satire. It isn't ACTUALLY glorifying r*pe, murder, and theft. It's decrying them. He says that they should "make a movie about murdering grandmothers and sit around and call it a masterpiece." This movie isn't a masterpiece because of the violence. That happens to be present in the movie. The waves of philosophy present throughout are what elevate this film above the rest. I say to you, Ghostdog650, go watch Fast and Furious.
One of my all time favorite movie!
I loved this movie. Stanley Kubrick has created a masterpiece. And it totally has to be one of the best movie I've ever seen.