Someday, when the aliens invade and begins systematically changing people into their minions, Clue will be my litmus test to determine who’s human….and who is not!
That’s right, I said it: If you don’t like Clue, there’s something wrong with you and yes, you probably are a pod person.
I can’t tell you how many times I have watched Clue. Probably 300 times and some change. It never gets old! Never! The brilliance of this movie lies in the dialogue.
Wadsworth: A double negative!
Colonel Mustard: Double negative? You mean you have photographs?
Wadsworth: That sounds like a confession to me. In fact the double negative has led to proof positive. I’m afraid you gave yourself away.
Colonel Mustard: Are you trying to make me look stupid in front of the other guests?
Wadsworth: You don’t need any help from me, sir.
Colonel Mustard: That’s right!
Clue is obviously based on the really popular board game of the same name. Unlike, however, most adaptations of pop-culture staples, Clue really has some substance. From the new back story given to the game and why the party-goers are there, to the running gags and throwaway jokes (when each visitor enters the house for the first time, for example, each stops to check their shoes for dog poop after Wadsworth initially steps in some).
Of course, the two things I love most about this movie? Tim Curry and Madeleine Kahn.
Tim Curry is his normal good acting self, but I love, love, flippin’ love Madeleine Kahn in this movie. When I say, “Flames…flames…on the side of my face!” and people don’t get it, it makes me kind of sad. Her portrayal of Miss White as the Black Widow character who murders all her husband is so neurotically genius that I don’t know where to start.
Clue is like one big, long running gag that’s timed almost perfectly. Most other films would be ruined by having three (!) endings, but not Clue. I read somewhere that originally the studio distributed cuts of the film with different endings to different theaters, meaning that you didn’t know what ending you were getting in your theater. Luckily for us here in the present, we have nifty DVDs. The Clue DVD allows you to select “play one ending at random” or all three at the end together. The third and final ending in the series of endings is by far my favorite.
I get all disappointed nowadays when someone wants to bust out the board game because it’s not nearly as fun as the movie. I still have never met anyone who viewed the board game as greater, but if you exist out there, person who likes the board game but not the movie, you’re probably a pod person anyways.