Obligatory 5 stars. With Kubrick, every frame has such intent behind it that you can't take your eyes off the screen for a second. Especially with a performance as brilliant as Malcolm McDowell's. The philosophical conundrum over whether restricting one's free will would change the very identity of a person is a beautiful segue into the whole "nature vs. nurture" school of thought, and why Alex DeLarge is who he is.
Take him as embodiment of modern society or as an extreme thought experiment, if you please.. Either way you will not be at ease in asking yourself, what would You do with Alex? If/where could you fit yourself in the story? The priest? The writer? Shrugging shoulders isn't an option; if Alex is us then we are screwed, if Alex is fiction then our morality is incomplete. "Have a nice day at the factory!"
I have half a mind that Kubrick's true message is the anticipation of generational warfare, where a parasitic generation uses the state to steal money not yet eared by future generations to fund entitlements, while destroying economic opportunities for those who follow them. Oh, wait, that's the Baby Boomers. My mistake.
A great book deserves a great film. This was as close enough as a film could get to the book, 'A Clockwork Orange'. Visually the most stunning film of Kubrick-in a fearful and (choreographed)raw manner. Daunting, haunting, unapologetic and a unstoppable film like free flowing water-fall. It is beauty in disguise and it's clothed in a perfectionists(Kubrick) camera lens.