A violent masterpiece where Malcolm McDowell rules as Alex. Stanley Kubrick's total grip over the production and use of timeless classic music is phenomenal. The satiric element of the movie is becoming more and more fact-based and more disturbing for each new day we live as we are transformed into brainless violent monkeys through pointless programs on TV.
40 years later still retains the ability to sear it's images on your brain...a sour-candy coated exploration of societal and personal spirals/circles of moral entropy and dehumanization, the friction between conditioning and freewill cannot be studied satisfyingly in two and a half hours, but it's a great gateway drug to questions that should be asked of oneself and others...(not Burgess' original ending, btw)
The contempt Kubrick exhibits for the weak and the victimised is at its nadir here. It's like he spent all his humanism early on with 'Paths of Glory'. It's a convincingly realised dystopia with fascist monumentality balanced against kitchen-sink grubbiness, but I hate that it's a cultural touchstone. I'd far, far rather listen to the soundtrack than ever watch it again.
Philosophical, religious and practical point of view on moral, political agenda, bureaucratic absurdity and press media - all meshed together in a satire where simplicity of good and evil comes as an obsolete. The use of violence as if it's music video for classical music, colorful characters, McDowell's brilliant performance and distinct set design along with masterful script make this gem among cult classics.