Recommendation: Clue (1985)

My first recommendation I want to bring to your attention is my favorite movie of all time. With the thousands and thousands of movies I could pick for my favorite this movie stands out from the bunch.

Clue (1985)

Director: Jonathan Lynn
Writers: John Landis, Jonathan Lynn

Cast: Tim Curry, Leslie Ann Warren, Madeline Kahn, Christopher Lloyd, Martin Mull, Eileen Brennan, Michael McKean, Colleen Camp, and Lee Ving.

Plot: Six guest, strangers to each other are invited to an old mansion for a dinner party hosted by a butler who later involves them in solving the murder of Mr. Boddy.

Clue is a hilarious comedy that brings comedic greats all in one place to bring the beloved board game to life. From all the board games I’ve played as a child, Clue was always my favorite. Then I saw the movie and I couldn’t take my eyes off of it the whole time. I was too young to watch it in theatres but the movie was created with 3 different endings because how can you just pick one way to end a movie with so many possibilities. The idea was for patrons to pay for 3 different movie screenings all with their own ending. Clue A, Clue B, and Clue C. Unfortunately, this idea didn’t go well with viewers and it was a box office flop making only 14,643,997 domestic according to Box Office Mojo. 

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However, overtime and with the release of the VHS and DVD, decided to put all 3 endings back to back at the end of the film. A DVD feature to add a little fun to it gave you the option for the disc to randomly choose one of the 3 endings to finish out the feature.  The movie became a cult classic. It gained a following and became one of the most loved movies of all times.  

Clue is sort of slap stick comedy in a way. Lots of physical movement and running around the house trying to stay alive and figure out which among them is a murderer. That doesn’t go without saying that the writing is great. This movie has some of the best one liners, zingers, witty banter, and one line comebacks I have seen in a film. 

You get a vibe that this also could be a stage play. This movie takes place in one evening, in one setting. Which I think is smart from a production and cost standpoint. Some of the best movies out there take place in one day and in a central location in my book. Movies like that don’t waste anytime getting to the point, whether it’s a comedy, drama, or horror. They hit you with everything they got from start to finish. Also, when you have a cast as big as this, chemistry is important. The energy in this film came from the brilliant acting and somewhat improv opportunity to just have fun and make a good movie. Especially when most of that entertainment is done through dialogue that is a great triumph to have in a film. 

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This movie has also been inspiration for a lot of people, specifically in high schools and colleges. Just look up on YouTube, there are plenty of school projects and adaptations of the film in their own way. Wonderful inspired artwork created from the film, clue themed TV episodes are just some other ways to show how much this movie is appreciated. 

clueflameI also want to bring up that when you watch this movie you are in the presence of excellence and that is the wonderful Madeline Kahn. Known for her comedic performances working with Mel Brooks in Young Frankenstien, Blazing Saddles, and History of the World: Part I. She brings it to this role as the bitter and vengeful Mrs. White. This character is so good that they changed the character from the board game from being the maid to her being one of the six guest. You can’t hold this women to just a maid part in a film. No offense Colleen Camp. Next to Tim Curry, Madeline Kahn has the best lines out of the entire movie. If you look up the best improv lines in movie history, most likely she will end up on that list. Describing her hatred for one of the characters she went off into her own description of how much she hated her. It’s just magic. This ad lib was performed off script and the rest of the cast didn’t even know she was going to do it. So when you watch it, the look on everyone’s face is real, genuine, and confusing. There is no faking to their reactions. That just makes the scene even better. Bring this movie and scene up to anyone who is familiar, I bet they won’t be able to contain themselves and will probably act out the scene themselves. It is seriously iconic. 

Overall, this is a comedy that has aged well over the years. Showing this to friends who have never seen it have brought a smile to their face from the sheer silliness of it and how much fun it is to watch. I am very impressed that this movie manager to stretch a board game with no back story or plot at all except to find out who killed him, with what weapon, and in what room, into a 90 minute feature that pulls off the inevitable you don’t get to see from most board game adaptations. Explaining why these people are in the mansion, why they are all named after a color, and where all the deadly weapons came from. 

The movie has been rumored to get the remake treatment soon which could change everything the movie got right. I am open to seeing what the plans are for it. No matter what though, this movie will always be my favorite because it is a film that I can watch over and over again and still find something new that I haven’t notice before. I also can watch it again and again and never get tired of it. 

I would love to hear what you all think of the movie Clue and tell me what you think. What is your favorite part? Favorite Quote? Favorite ending? Comment below with your thoughts and if you are a person who has watched it for the first time, what did you think about it. 

Keep an eye out for more recommendations down the line and thanks for reading my post. See you at the movies.

 

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