Reel Reviewer Column: Silver screen return for ‘A Clockwork Orange’

Jason Day previews the controversial film in his April cinema column

A Clockwork Orange (out on April 5)

For many years, this unsettling dystopian drama was banned from the big screen by director Stanley Kubrick after reports of violence following its original theatrical release.

An unrepentant criminal (superb Malcolm McDowell) is offered one last chance if he undergoes aversion therapy. This ‘saves’ him and society – but robs him of individuality.

I’ve always seen this as amateur and unworthy of Kubrick. But here it is on the silver screen (Odeon at MK1) – a chance to see it as it was meant to be seen.

Missing Link (April 5)

Stop-motion animation about an explorer (Hugh Jackman) who discovers the ‘missing link’ in the evolutionary chain (Zach Galifianakis). The jokes are broad and frequent in a movie that will appeal to all ages.

Little (April 12)

Horrible boss Regina Hall pushes around too many people, so a child wishes she sees the world from a smaller person’s perspective.

Body-swap Freaky Friday comedy with some swish performances that almost masks the fact the jokes ain’t all that.

Wild Rose (April 12)

Jessie Buckley stars in this Brit comedy-drama as a released prisoner who tries to make it as a country and western singer.

Buckley is a singer in reallife, so she puts her great voice to use in a film that looks spiky and moving.

Greta (April 19)

Chloe Grace Moretz returns Isabelle Huppert’s handbag. They become friends but then Moretz sees her in a different light in this odd-ball psych-thriller.

This niche sub-genre is one that luminous la Huppert is cornering a market in.

Avengers: End Game (Apr 26)

Marvel-comics based blockbuster. This more serious offering won’t of course be the ‘end’ of Marvel movies (there are half a dozen more to be released this year) but if you like your action top-notch, Marvel don’t seem to be in the mood for disappointing.

You can read more in-depth reviews from Jason by following him on Twitter: @Reelreviewer

This feature was published in the April 2019 issue of Celebrate:MK lifestyle magazine. Read the full magazine above or by clicking on this link.

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