Clue

Release Date: 12/13/1985 – Rated PG

Starring: Tim Curry (Rocky Horror Picture Show), Christopher Lloyd (Back to the Future)

Plot Summary:  The CLUEsual suspects from the board game (Ms. Scarlett, Mr. Green, Mrs. Peacock, Prof. Plum, Mrs. White, Col. Mustard, ) are all here; add it a crazy butler and a sexy maid, and you’ve got yourself a movie!  Our story starts out with all of the guest arriving to a mansion on a dark and stormy night.  They have all received a letter inviting them to dinner; they soon realize they are all being blackmailed by the one missing guest – Mr. Boddy.  After Mr. Boddy’s arrival the lights mysteriously go out and when they come back on Mr. Boddy is a dead body.  Everyone has a motive, everyone has a dark and checkered past… so who done it?  The guests spend the rest of the film trying to discover who the killer is, and to try and not get killed themselves in the process.

As we near the end of the film the butler, Mr. Wadsworth, sets the scene as he has used the clues to discover who the killer is… or has he?  This movie has three different endings, each one with a different killer(s).  (Some DVDs will let you select a random ending or to see all three.  You really need to see all of them to get the most from this movie.) 

Alex’s Thoughts:  This movie relies on lots of little and ongoing jokes for most of its humor, but those little jokes add up to a really funny film.  This is pretty much an all-star cast and they play really well off of each other.  The end of the movie where Tim Curry is explaining the murders is so energetic, you can’t help but love it.  This is a rare 80’s comedy that doesn’t rely on potty humor or gratuitous nudity for its laughs (not that there is anything wrong with that), so it’s fun for the whole family. 

Tim’s Thoughts: I find no flaws in this movie, except that it ends. I have always loved it, and I think it still holds up. I laughed as a kid, and even harder as an adult, and no one is funnier than Madeline Kahn, as always she is just ridiculously funny I can’t get enough of her. The rest of the cast is excellent, and Alex nailed it when he talks about the butler explaining all the murders  being the best part. I just can’t rave enough, but I will make myself stop now, just check this one out if you haven’t seen it. For those that have, give it another look, and remember don’t shoot the singing telegram!

Final Thoughts:  With a ton on board games-to-movie releases on the horizon (Monopoly, Rock-em-sock-em Robots and a remake of this movie), we have a feeling that this will still be the best of the bunch and will continue to entertain for years to come.

Alex Rates This Movie 7/10 (in the study with the candle stick)

Tim Rates This Movie 10/10 (in the kitchen with the wrench)

“Frankly Scarlett, I don’t give a damn.”

View the IMDB entry for this movie here

Advertisements