A Clockwork Orange was met with a chilly reception upon its original release. Roger Ebert called the movie a “an ideological mess, a paranoid right-wing fantasy.” Pauline Kael, who seemed to have never liked any of the movies she reviewed, called the movie “an abhorrent viewing experience.” Kael called Kubrick a pornographer more than once in her review. She also said the acting was terrible and complained about the pacing of the film.
Crimes of all sorts were blamed on Kubrick and his movie. Parents, church groups, and every group in between called for the movie to be banned. Although the movie was a box-office success and some critics liked the movie,Vincent Canby called the movie “an essentially British nightmare” and said the movie was “beautiful to look at and to hear that it dazzles the senses and the mind,” Kubrick still pulled the movie from wide circulation in England.
A lot has changed in the almost forty eight years since A Clockwork Orange premiered. The movie is considered a classic. The bleak dystopian nightmare portrayed in the movie has been mimicked by more than one movie. People, celebrities and normal folk alike, dress up like Alex for Halloween with no regards for the evil the character represents. Toy companies now make figures based on the movie.
Mezco Toys recently released two 12-inch figures based on the character of Alex DeLarge. The one not being shown falls under Mezco’s One:12 Collective collection. The One:12 Alex Delarge is a figure on steroids. It stands 12 inches tall, but has more accessories and articulation than the figure being reviewed. It’s an awesome figure and if you can afford the price tag it would make a nice addition to any collection.
Mezco also released a trimmed down version of the One:12 version. It may have fewer accessories, less articulation, and comes without the stitched clothing, but it’s still an excellent figure. It also has a price tag ($39-44, depending on where you find it) many of us can afford.
Without further delay, the Mezo A Clockwork Orange review: