Monday, December 13, 2010

NOT JUST A RED HERRING



Nowadays, we hear through the internet that a board game is getting turned into a movie...and we groan. But in 1985, a star-studded film was released that changed everything! Okay, that's actually not true. People groaned even back then. But a mainstream loss was a "cult" win, and today we can all celebrate the 25th Anniversary of a true comedic masterpiece, Clue!

I've been a fan of Clue since well before I really even fully understood it. It was a favorite in my home growing up, and I remember loving it so much that I even held a tape recorder up to the TV speaker so I could get the opening credits music on cassette. These were the characters I wanted to spend time with in my youth. These scandalous, goofy, sassy, outrageous and accident-prone group of people - Wadsworth (Tim Curry), Mrs. White (Madeline Kahn), Colonel Mustard (Martin Mull), Miss Scarlet (Leslie Ann Warren), Professor Plum (Christopher Lloyd), Mrs. Peacock (Eileen Brennan), Mr. Green (Michael McKean) and Yvette (a now-unrecognizable Collen Camp).


Flames...on the side of my face...breathing...heaving breaths...

Directed by Jonathan Lynn and co-written by John Landis, the film's humor is rapid-fire, and every remark and slapstick gag is placed in the capable hands of this stellar cast. Clue was also my very first introduction to the late/great Madeline Kahn, who turns in a performance so unforgettable that I can to this day quote it all. Although now that I think about it, I can pretty much quote the whole movie from start to finish.



Long before I knew what Communism, Socialism, Houses of Ill Fame or Nuclear Physics were, I knew that I wanted to be a butler like Wadsworth, a sexpot like Miss Scarlet, dignified like Professor Plum and larger than life like Mrs. Peacock. As an adult, it's a rare thing to watch a movie you were obsessed with as a child...and have it be even better. Now of course I know what a red herring is, have actually been blackmailed myself, and maybe even have some "double negatives" I'd rather not share.

The truth is that Clue has always been a part of my life. It's always had a home in my collection (VHS, DVD...hey, where's our Blu-ray edition?!), so it goes without saying that it's in my top 5 favorite movies of all time. So let's all sing a round of "For She's A Jolly Good Fellow" in honor of Clue's 25th anniversary. It's a true classic - and anyone that disagrees? Well, there might just be a lead pipe, candlestick, rope, dagger, revolver or wrench with their name on it. A pseudonym, of course...

1 comment:

Bananas Foster said...

Bravo, twin!