Specifically you might be able to watch it and guess which of the ideas from Kubrick's rejected 1968 Napoleon film made it in there. Or you can just enjoy the shots that look like paintings with little people moving around in them. I did the latter, plus enjoyed Kubrick's usual cynicism and ugly dehumanization play out in an exquisitely textured period piece starring an actor whose fame I frankly don't understand. It's definitely about 20-25 minutes too long though. Trivia: Kubrick's assistant Leon Vitali who played Lord Bullingdon in BL is the red-cloaked evil leader in EWS.
ACO I still think is good but I think I'm just kind of enjoying the general style of the thing. But it's such a douchey movie. Of course you're going to end up sympathizing with Alex and wanting him to go back to being rotten and evil when almost literally every other character on the screen is either a moron, a punk or somebody simply unlucky enough to get into Alex's way. God, the scenes with Alex's parents are EXCRUCIATINGLY stacked and I'm saying that as someone who's never been to the UK.
Does it make much of a difference that ACO the book is from 1962, before the revolution hit, and the film is from after? I guess.