Fun adaptation of the board game that actually dates fairly well. Cast is game with McKean and Warren having the most impact save Coleen Camp who makes an impression of a more sensual nature. Any film in which Jane Wielden gets gunned down while delivering a singing telegram can't be all bad.
**1/2 Some good laughs, mostly due to full physical/choreographed slapstick and the filmmaker's ability to facilitate it along with the talented comedic performers' occasionally magical improv. Some resilient one-liners and even a modicum of actual political/cultural satire. Not enough amid too many barren stretches of forced zaniness and mugging that flails into empty air.
This kind of frenetic juggling of characters depends on punchy dialog and snappy editing. It's .... close.... but just not quite snappy enough to keep all the balls in the air. A few 'drops,' though, don't ruin the movie. It's fun. Tim Curry plays a great manic character, and Leslie Ann Warren, more than any other performer in the movie, creates a character who is believable, sexy, and archly funny.
Never really thought about this movie before, but it's surprisingly clever and fun. Knowingly arch performances and script. At any rate, it's interesting to see that board game movies don't all have to be Battleship.
With every rewatch, I love it more. While I'm aware this isn't great cinema, either from a formal or narrative standpoint, I can't help being enchanted by its silly quick paced humor and sublime cast of sketchy caricatures performed with passionate gusto. Curry, Kahn, Warren and Brennan are especially great, playing into the film's self-aware campiness. Also worthy of praise is the costume design by Michael Kaplan.
"Clue" imagines plastic figures and board game accessories coming to life, and delivers the exact goofy, undead set of characters, confusingly tripping around, one would visualize in such a case. Paired with Mel Brooks' sense of humor and a cute selling trick in the end. Entertaining as an idea, little less so as comedy.