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A Guest Honey Review by Kim 

A Clockwork Orange (1971)

If you are a little cloudy on what a dark comedy is, allow me to simplify it. A dark comedy is, essentially, a film with very sensitive subject matter that normally would be taken very delicately, solemnly, and seriously but that presents it in a way that makes it entertaining and even funny. This is one of my very favorite genres. And one of the best in this bunch is A Clockwork Orange

This movie is fucking phenomenal, though you may not notice at first. A Clockwork Orange is the kind of film that one must watch 11 times, consecutively. Once to see what all the fuss is about, a couple of times to grasp the concept and plot, barely. Then a couple more times to hear what the characters are saying. And a few more to understand what the characters are saying. If you feel as though, even with the subtitles on, that you can't make heads or tails of half of the dialog, it's not entirely your fault. The book and, by extension, the film make use of words that do not exist. (It's a funny mash up of Cockney English and Russian slang it turns out.) Once you figure out what the fuck is going on, you can enjoy it for what it is: A goddamn work of art.

Stanley Kubrik has the sort of mind that's work is unmistakably recognizable. He has a creepy, cool trick he does with camera angles and colors and noise (or lack thereof.) Kubrik manages to make the main character and narrator of this film, Alex, (who happens to be a rapist, murderer, gang member and all around delinquent of the worst kind) a smart, cheeky, cheerful lover of music (Beethoven of all things) with a slight need for ultraviolence that we can all surely identify with... No? Well, anyway... 

The point is, the things that Alex does in this film are completely deplorable, but are completely accepted because of flashy colors, a bright smile, and some “Singing in the Rain." So long as you can grasp satire, you can appreciate this film for the brilliant fucking show that it is. A Clockwork Orange doesn't glorify Alex's despicable acts either. It instead gives you a window into the mind of our perverted hero. You can sit comfortably in your morals because you're not the victim; you're Alex!

Yes, that is what you think it is.
Let's not forget the plot, though. Without a good plot, Kubrik's flair would be worthless. No, not really. Alex's shenanigans catch up to him, of course, but you don't want them to. Somehow, you want Alex to be the hero so badly. His trials in life are nothing like what you'll experience because, you know, killing people with giant ceramic penises is hard work. Yet somehow, Kubrick makes us identify with him. You love Alex. He's “completely reformed” as he says with a giant adorable goddamn grin on his face.

This film is an excellent way to embracing your naughty, weird, violent, artsy side. A Clockwork Orange is very racy but the ideas, plot line, characters and voices are so good, I would totally recommend it to my grandmother and take whatever lumps came my way. However, a small warning: if you don't think you could ever possibly find rape laughable, this film might not be for you.

Guest Honey Kim gives A Clockwork Orange 4 out 5 Giant Ceramic Penises