Hosted by Remi Lavictoire, Jonathan Colbon and Ian Fults
This week on The Sci-Fi Movie Podcast, Rem, Jonathan and Ian review “A Clockwork Orange” from 1971 and directed by Stanley Kubrick. Both Ian and Rem had seen it several times over the years, and this was Jonathan’s first viewing of the movie. As with many of Kubrick’s films, it’s not always an easy movie to watch, but should be considered required viewing for any film fan.
When watching “A Clockwork Orange“, it’s easy to see how the themes are as applicable today as when the movie came out in 1968. The set design was very original and slightly futuristic. Malcolm McDowell’s portrayal of Alex was chilling and inspired. The story line explores questions about free will and the question: Is it possible to re-program a persons behavior?
Like other Kubrick films, “A Clockwork Orange” is very long and at times very slow. The pace will be a challenge for anyone easily bored. Rem found the music distracting and kept pulling him out of the story. The dialogue (Nadsat) certainly added another dimension to the viewing experience, but was also confusing. Not having a dictionary of the Nadsat language, we found the dialogue was at times difficult to follow.
Rem, Ian and Jonathan agreed that “A Clockwork Orange” is an important movie and should be watched at least once. You may find it slow and the violence might be disturbing, but it’s a story that will inspire thought and reflection. Watch it once, and then decide if you want to see it again. This movie is not appropriate for young children.
Sci Fi Movie Podcast A Clockwork Orange