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I'm so glad I've seen it!
on 3 February 2015
One of the reasons I originally wanted to watch this was because of the eyelashes (don't laugh) when a male relative of mine said the lashes I wore reminded him of this film, and he freaked out. Well of course, one thing led to another as he told me about Clockwork Orange and I was curious about it back in 98' when it was still banned or at hard to get hold of over here, in UK.
BE CAREFUL READING ON DUE TO POSSIBLE SPOLER AND EVEN TRIGGER.
I am a huge fan of films containing extreme violence. (Yes I do know the difference between reality and fiction) There is a comical streak to this that makes it comforting to watch. Although some scenes should have made my skin crawl, I felt only sick at seeing Alex being spat on and am pleased I wasn't eating.
I haven't read the book but I certainly like this version. There are certain messages I can see that I believe gets overlooked.
Alex's need for power. Although I should have taken pleasure from seeing a rapist being punished, I couldn't help but empathise when he was being interrogated - because it is obvious what sparks his need for power. I know there are many different opinions over this so agree to disagree. But although it may not have been the intention by the author, too many overlook the male dominance over a younger, more vulnerable man, regardless of sexuality. It is actually the same with women and young girls. They create a monster and they don't want to deal with it in any other way than by hurting them more and degrading them.
The way Alex is treated throughout the entire film shows this pattern in behaviour so that it is hard to hate him, even after he commits such crimes. I'm not the type to excuse it but the sickening behaviour of the men around him (perhaps apart from the priest) disgusted me the most. I also wished his 'Droogs' had been given the payment too. Nobody made them join in.
This is a fantastic film! I'm not easily turned off by graphic violence that others find disturbing. I did expect worse, but was not disappointed. It is great escapism and insight. Such excellent acting by Malcolm McDowell. 5 stars!