Tuesday, March 7, 2017

A Suspect, A Weapon and A Room, or Thoughts on Clue

Apart from being one of the first movies to discover an audience’s willingness to watch a movie based on something in the pop culture landscape that wasn’t actually a previous movie, Clue (1985) is also a glorious Agatha Christie/locked room pastiche full of stylish mid-century fashions and a first rate cast.  An assortment of guests receive anonymous invitations to a spooky mansion, much like The House on Haunted Hill (1999) but with murder, not ghosts, and then, to paraphrase an unrelated movie, the screaming starts.  Tim Curry stars as Wadsworth, the butler who carries the movie and supplies most of the exposition.  Dinner is served along with some iconic party favors; a gun, a noose, a knife, a lead pipe, a pipe wrench and a candlestick.  Lots of melee weapons in Clue.  The bodies will pile up before the night is over and It’s no spoiler to tell you that there are multiple endings; the movie isn’t a whodunit but more of a showcase for Tim Curry’s maniac comedy energy.
Some of the gags haven’t aged well, this ain’t Young Frankenstein (1974) or even Airplane! (1980) but it’s still a witty, breezy script featuring comedy legends including Christopher Lloyd from The Addams Family (1991), and John Bigboot√© in The Adventures of Buckaroo Banzai Across the 8th Dimension! (1984) as Professor Plum, Martin Mull as Col. Mustard, Madeline Kahn as Mrs. White, (speaking of Young Frankenstein), Lesley Ann Warren as Ms Scarlet, Eileen Brennan as the eccentric Mrs. Peacock and Michael McKean, most recently seen as Chuck McGill in Better Call Saul as Mr. Green. 
I suppose I also need to mention Colleen Camp, who made her movie debut in Battle For The Planet of the Apes (1974) as Yvette, the busty French maid...
From John Carpenter producer Debra Hill, a script by John Landis, and directed by Jonathyn Lynn of My Cousin Vinny (1992) and the BBC’s Yes Minister and Yes, Prime Minister.  Watch out for The GoGos rhythm guitarist Jane Wiedlin as the Singing Telephone Girl.





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