Does It Hold Up? Clue Might Look Like a Date Stamp Has Been Applied, but This Classic Whodunit Is All Fresh
Posted 10.23.12 by Mandy
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It has an all-star cast, a slightly silly script, and a subtly but decidedly dirty theme song, but is all that enough to make a movie like Clue hold up after almost thirty years?
The Verdict: Clue definitely holds up.
There have been quite a few movies generated by the Hasbro brand — including Transformers, Battleship, and G.I. Joe: The Rise of the Cobra — but how many of them warrant more than one viewing? While the spectacle of a movie like Transformers is, well, spectacular, the story is threadbare enough that, for many moviegoers, it can't hold up to five minutes of post-viewing contemplation, much less a whole 2-and-a-half hour repeat viewing. However Clue, the first movie of the Hasbro franchise, does not rely on spectacle at all. Instead, Clue relies on silly-yet-clever dialogue (“I'm merely a humble butler.” “What exactly do you do?” “I buttle, sir.”) and rapid-fire quips (“Husbands should be like Kleenex: soft, strong and disposable”) from its cast of venerable comedic actors — including Tim Curry, Madeline Kahn, and Christopher Lloyd. The board game is woven in with the plot which relies on the premise of discovering who killed Mr. Body in which room and with what lethal weapon, as well as the setting which is a creepy old mansion complete with secret passageways.
A timeless script is a good step on the way to making a movie that holds up to repeat viewings, but the fact that it was a period flick to begin with only increases the timeless appeal of this '80s gem. The fact that the characters are in 1950s costumes and running around a house decorated in an early 20th century style helps to make the movie look classic rather than dated. All in all, this movie will still be worth watching after another thirty years have passed.
For those who want to see for themselves how well it holds up, Clue is available on Netflix Instant Streaming right now.