I was very confused for the first half of the film. Alex and his group are just wrecking havoc every night, with Alex narrating the whole ordeal (and the film for that matter). They drank laced-up milk, raped women, harassed homeless people, fought other gangs, and be horrible people. Besides being an all-around horrible person, Alex has a penchant for music, particularly by Ludvig Beethoven, a fact that will come to play a major part in the film. The second half is where things get interesting. Alex gets caught, and is charged with murder. During his prison sentence, he was chosen for an experimental treatment which somehow works, teaching him to abhor sex and violence. A whole consequential sequence occurs.
This was an excellent film in many ways. The acting was really good; Malcolm McDowell gives a wonderfully frightful performance. The script was well-written; it sounded eloquent. The narrative style worked for the film as well. I liked how the music juxtaposed with harrowing scenes. Some parts were uncomfortable to watch. The cinematography, sound, and editing were good. Even the bleak ending was fitting for the film. However, I didn't love the film.
If taken at value, this was excellent filmmaking. I would have still been confused, but the technical and art side of it were of quality. Unfortunately it just didn't do it for me.
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