One of my favorite cinephile niches is the movie that absolutely shouldn’t work but reign supremely strong. There are only a few films that qualify for inclusion in this very select group, and like half of them are Lord & Miller joints. We are talking about the movies “Jump Street”, “The Lego Movie”, “Pirates of the Caribbean” and the movie we are talking about today, “Clue” from 1985.
“Clue” is an 80s adaptation of a simple whodunnit board game where the player must figure out who the killer is, where he did it, and with what weapon. Crafted in the Reagan days when corporate tie-ups were king, “Clue” had every right to exist simply as a branded IP cash. Instead, writer/director Jonathan Lynn gave us a comedy classic, brimming with tongue-in-cheek satire, quick, clever dialogue, and one of the finest comedic actors ever assembled.
The great Tim Curry leads the cast as Wadsworth the Butler, curating a colorful cast that includes Christopher Lloyd as Professor Plum, Eileen Brennan as Mrs. Peacock, Madeline Kahn as Mrs. White, Martin Mull as Colonel Mustard, Michael McKean as Mr. Green, and Lesley Anne Warren as Mrs. Scarlett.