A Clockwork Orange (1971) (mini-review++)

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(If you’re curious, my review process. It’s also pasted at the end of this post. I don’t believe in Rotten Tomatoes. I just believe in me.)

(***all-purpose SPOILER ALERT*** there may be some in this review)

(1) Shark Wrighter (SW) Score: Based on a sum of 5 sub-scores (acting, directing, writing/story, cinematography &/or animation &/or effects, editing) with 1 being terrible and 10 being terrific.

(2) Octopuses (0-5 🐙, with 5 being fantastic and 0 being feces)

(3) Octopuses are my unquantifiable feeling…not that SW score is scientific…but this one is even less so

(4) ++ This optional section includes any incredibly *brilliant observations that don’t fit into simple quantitative slices like the scores and octopuses *(they are likely NOT brilliant)

The mini-review:

A Clockwork Orange

acting 7

directing 7

writing 7

effects 7

editing 7

SW score: 35

3.5 out of 5 octopi

++ It’s a Nabokovian feat to make the repugnant sympathetic. Kubrick makes a largely reprehensible monster into an anti-hero by pitting him against an even more evil entity. He’s not the first to utilize “characterization relativity” (patent pending) and he won’t be the last. And look at Malcolm McDowell! At the beginning of an epic career. I guess we were all young once.

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