Thursday, February 13, 2014

CWE: "Clue" (1985)

Summary: A group of people is called to a dinner party, where it is revealed that they are all being blackmailed. When the apparent blackmailer is murdered, which one did it?
  • It's the greatest movie ever made! OK, slight exaggeration, but I've seen this a million times and love love love it. Can't remember the last time I saw it on DVD -- I chose the "random ending" setting; I don't think I've ever watched it this way.
  • Really, I'm as bad with this movie as I am with "Monty Python and the Holy Grail," I think. Endless quoting.
  • I should also be less dismissive when movies based on toys/board games come out. Although very, very few are nearly so awesome. Or star Tim Curry. And the amazing Madeline Kahn.
  • Hee. Ms. Scarlet's collar is wonderful.
  • I'd wear the crap out of Mrs. Peacock's glasses.
  • I must watch too much Downton Abby because I'm disturbed that a maid is serving food at dinner. Where are the footmen??
  • I know what they're supposed to be eating, but wow -- it looks disgusting.
  • The actor who plays Mr. Body is incredibly unmemorable.
  • "You don't need any help from me, sir."
  • This is such a very, very 1980s PG movie. They keep avoiding really even mentioning sex, which is a bit odd considering Ms. Scarlet's job. PG movies are much more explicit now.
  • It's interesting how they discuss Mr. Green's homosexuality. Several of the characters react negatively, but Green says that he has no shame or guilt. Not sure which ending I'm getting (and whether that rewrites who Green is), but it's an interesting approach for an '80s movie. Especially one set in the 1950s (I think?).
  • Mr. Body's shoes are no thank you.
  • I do enjoy everyone talking at once and running around together. And gasping in sync.
  • "I had to stop her from screaming."
  • A more horrified reaction at Wadworth's wife having friends who were socialists than Mr. Green's announcement.
  • "The cook!"
  • "Husbands should be like Kleenex: Soft, strong and disposable."
  • "I'm not shouting! Alright, I am! I'm shouting, I'm shouting, I'm ..."
  • The weird, obvious ADR-ed lines are distracting.
  • So -- African American cop? What year is this supposed to be again? (OK, OK, I don't expect complete accuracy from this movie.)
  • Remember to count the bullets!
  • "Not the cognac. Just in case."
  • Michael McKean is very slapsticky in this.
  • The searching of the house is really very pointless.
  • "I - am - your singing telegram..."
  • People do handle murder weapons needlessly in this, don't they.
  • I love that they just leave the singing telegram girl's body where it is.
  • "And to make a long story short --" "Too late." (I've always wanted to use that in conversation.)
  • "Will you stop that!" "No."
  • Ms. Scarlet does look guilty through most of the (lengthy) reveal.
  • Ah, it's the Mrs. Peacock ending.
  • Oh, sad. This version doesn't have The "it-it- the f - it -flam - flames. Flames, on the side of my face, breathing-breathl- heaving breaths. Heaving breaths... Heathing..." line.

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