Then there’s the villain. Look. I love Rami Malek. He has some of the scariest eyes ever and should be perfect casting to play a Bond baddie. But he’s seriously underpowered and not half as scary as he should be. He just purrs “we both eradicate people” in some faux German accent. He makes Christoph Waltz’s Blofeld look like the shit.
So who should we blame for this Bondian monstrosity? Maybe the fault should lie with Cary Joji Fukunaga the director who is no match for Sam Mendes. Maybe it should rest with ‘Killing Eve’ writer Phoebe Waller-Bridge for turning Bond into an emotional f**king wreck.
The point is it doesn’t matter who’s to blame. This is the shittest Bond ever and that’s regardless whoever is behind Bond. No wonder Craig’s quitting...
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Upon enterting into prison, Alex is brainwashed and forced to unravel his sociopathy. There's that horrific scene where he has his eyes forcibly opened and made to watch pornographic material to try and make him understand empathy. I should say Malcolm McDowell is absolutely fantastic as one of the most hatable men ever to emerge on screen. I loved his ginger hair, his top hat and love of Beethoven. He's like Sid Viscious and Hannibal Lecter crossed into one. It's a perfomance of genuine devilment and psychopathic evil with a psychiatric dilemma at its heart.
The movie features many horrific acts, There's an amusing death by dildo, the rape of a bureaucrat's wife and even Alex gets drowned in a head pool. It's based on Anthony Burgess's classic dystopian novel and takes place in a London overrun by thugs. It might be the future, but this is a London not too different from the 1970s where Neo-Nazis committed acts of atrocity over minorities in the days of the National Front. Like the best Sci-Fis, this one is rooted in the evils of reality and all the better for it.
I like 'Clockwork Orange', but don't love it. It's not an easy film to love considering the violence and it's never quite sure where its morality lies which is why some people have misread it. I find it a little bit senseless - like what's the point of all the violence. Is it to show that all people are fundamentally psychotic and prone to violent acts? Either way, it's an extraordinary vision. A future where there are no rules and violence is the natural order. This has gone down as Kubrick's most misunderstood film.
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Roshan's Top 5 Films of the Week
2. Everybody's Talking About Jamie (on Amazon Prime)
3. Help (on All4)
4. The Green Knight (on Amazon Prime)
5. The Alpinist
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