Back when there were video stores, the kind you walk into and browse actual shelves (I miss that), this 80s film was one I rented. Based on the Hasbro game of the same name, Clue is sometimes wacky, but mostly fun.
Clue (1985) Film Review
It’s a dark, stormy, and quite the miserable night. Yet, a series of unusual guests show up at a dark mansion under the guise of an invitation from the owner. Among these guests is Mrs. Peacock (Eileen Brennan), a rather bookish woman; Washington D.C. resident Professor Plum (Christopher Lloyd); the unusual Mr. Green (Michael McKean); Miss Scarlet (Lesley Ann Warren), the pretty one who is comfortable with being that; Mrs. White (Madeline Kahn) who perhaps has a husband with a connection to the house; and finally, Col. Mustard (Martin Mull).
Among these guests are also household staff which includes Wadsworth (Tim Curry) the butler and Yvette (Colleen Camp), the rather foolish maid.🗡️🪢🔧‘CLUE’ MOVIE REVIEW: YES, THIS IS LIKE THE FUN BOARD GAME 🗡️🪢🔧#MOVIES #FUNMOVIES #COMEDY #MYSTERY #CLUEMOVIE #CLUETHEMOVIE #TIMCURRY Click To Tweet
This is one of those kinds of crazy films that you’ll either like or find too much. Because of its era of filmmaking, some of it comes off as a little too goofy, however the film does really grab its primary goal which is to entertain. There’s also a kind of slapstick element that forms, especially in how the film decides to “conclude.”
The cast is pretty good, and I quite like seeing Curry in this sort of role. He’s just good. Everyone else is too and it’s crazy fun to see stars like Martin Mull (also in Sabrina the Teenage Witch in a recurring role) or Christopher Lloyd, too. Though surprisingly, a few of the players we see, weren’t first choice. Basically, all that to say, everyone does a nice job with their roles and while they do play up the “absurd” of their character, that’s part of the charm.
Though trivia says this didn’t have a big box office presence, it does now seem to be a cult favorite. Watching this for a second time, it’s not difficult to understand this. If you don’t mind some absurd comedy, this is a good time. I loved playing this board game so perhaps that’s part of my enjoyment, but also there’s a little mystery to solve and by and large, it’s you who gets to decide what the truth in this scenario really is.
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You can find Clue to digitally purchase on Amazon Video or at publication, it’s streaming with Showtime.
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Content: There’s lots of innuendo and suggestive behavior or remarks. Talk includes conversation about affairs, sexual preference (mild) and one scene shows characters pretend to be making out or intimate with corpses. Multiple people die, but it’s not graphic (blood, etc.) in what we see. There’s blackmail references and each of the suspects has a secret. The film rates PG.