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Saturday, October 17, 2020

How I am like Luke Skywalker

Hello, my Jedi Knights and readers alike!

Today is the last day of a blogathon hosted by Classics, Coffee, and Craziness and I'm Charles Baker Harris (And I Can Read). What is the celebration for this time? Why, only one of my favorite things of all times, STAR WARS!!! It's the Everything STAR WARS Blogathon!
What Iʼm bringing in to the party for you today is the start of a series that Iʼve been wanting to create for a while now. Talking about how I am like and how I relate to fictional characters! Iʼm here to talk about Luke Skywalker.

SPOILER ALERT! IF YOU HAVENʼT SEEN EPISODES 4-9 OF THE STAR WARS SERIES, READ NO FURTHER. PLEASE LISTEN TO ME ON THIS. I LOVE THIS SERIES SO MUCH AND I DONʼT WANT IT TO BE SPOILED FOR ANYONE. Seriously, if I find out that you havenʼt seen the series but you read this anyway, I will be very upset.

Ahem. As you can see, I feel rather strongly about it. One more thing: one of the hosts of the blog party, Eva, wrote a really awesome post about Luke HERE, which may have started me thinking about writing my own.

I thought that this would just be something easy and quick to write up. What resulted was several hours of madly hitting my keyboard which ended in 3,612 words. That is insane. So, I had a long time of editing to get that to a blog post size. Which was not successful. Oops, doing editing is not my forte. Enjoy!




I canʼt believe that I was so unimpressed by STAR WARS when I was little. I had never seen it, didnʼt want to, but I knew a few things: There was a guy named Darth something, a small green crinkly guy, a big green crinkly guy, and awesome looking sword things. Oh, and robots. There were robots and maybe a princess?

I knew that a ton of people loved it, but my only thought about it was, “War? That doesnʼt sound good. Why would people be obsessed with that?”

I can now say that I am one of those people.

Luke Skywalker is one of the most famous characters, yet I had never heard of him. Now that I know him I RELATE TO HIM IN SO MANY WAYS.

Sure, our our stories and lives are completely different.

Am I a Jedi Master like my father before me? Well, no.

Am I “not such a bad pilot myself!”? Another no.

But, there are other ways that I feel a deep connection to him. Itʼs not until Return of the Jedi that I really started to see the similarity between us, but since then I have seen places in the first two films as well. I know that Luke got a lot of bad rep in The Last Jedi for being not like himself, but Iʼm here to tell you that that is exactly what he wouldʼve done, and why.


In A New Hope, we meet this kid whose aunt and uncle are murdered. 

“Thereʼs nothing that you couldʼve done,” Obi-Wan tells him.

He accepts that and the epicness of the first movie occurs.

In the second movie Luke goes to Dagobah where he wants to learn to be a Jedi. He is frustrated that heʼs wasting his time when he could be with his new friends, and this weird creature is not helping him. Heʼs not mean to it (unlike R2 who zaps him), but you can tell that he is tired of waiting.

Then, he is criticized about not being ready. After all of this time of course he is! He will try his hardest.

So he does, but nothing seems good enough. It is all impossible. Yoda tells him: “Do, or do not. There is no try.”

One of the most famous lines of the series, and itʼs something that I need to tell myself everyday. I think, “What use is it?” I think that I am trying, but just the act of “trying” and not committing is the difference.

He goes into a cavern and sees Darth Vader. An impulse hits him: He can stop this. The evil oppressing the galaxy. He kills Darth Vader and the mask comes off with his own face behind it. It was just a test and he failed.

At that moment we see a glimmer of doubt in Luke. How would it feel to die himself, when there is so much to learn and that he can feel the light and good inside of himself?

He sees a vision, but one of pain and torture. His friends that he has found another home in are going to die. He has to help! He has two options:

1. Stay, complete his training while his friends die, just another casualty in an ongoing war.
2. Or never complete his training and be what he wants more that anything, but have a chance at stopping that death. Which one does he choose?

Sure, he might not be able to save them, the likelihood of succeeding without his proper training completed is low, but he just has to DO SOMETHING. After all of those years putting off going to the academy, he needs to DO anything that might result in saving those he loves. He canʼt stand by and DO NOT.

Why? Because last time: “Thereʼs nothing that you couldʼve done,” Obi-Wan told him about his aunt and uncle.

This time there is.

The consequences: He loses his hand, and he learns that Darth Vader...is his father.


The father that Luke has wanted to be like, is alive, in front of him, and one of the evilest people in the galaxy. What is Lukeʼs reaction? To get away. To let go. He needs to think this through.

Are we shown right away what the result of his time for pondering brought forth? Nope. The Return of the Jedi begins with him saving a friend, which will go before his own problems.

This was the movie where I thought, “Hey, Luke and I have THE EXACT SAME MIND”.

He offers his own two droids in exchange for Captain Soloʼs life. C-3PO is horrified by this, but we know that Luke knows what he is doing. His loyalty extends to his droids and he wouldnʼt do anything concerning them if he didnʼt have a plan. He also knows that C-3PO tends to talk and this is on a need to know basis, and he doesnʼt. (Ha, I worked a reference from The Last Jedi in!)

He knew that Jabba wouldnʼt go for it, but wouldnʼt be able to resist a gift. Too bad for the giant slug mobster, because Luke now has two people on the “inside”.

He walks into Jabbaʼs hut (ha, see what I did there?) looking just like a Jedi Knight. He uses a mind trick to get Jabbaʼs servant to do what he wants. Since that worked so well, he tries it on Jabba. Which didnʼt turn out as nicely as it could have. But, they still get out of there alive.


After that is sorted out he returns to Dagobah. Saving his friends did cost him learning to be a Jedi fully, but it was worth it. He has a few last words with Yoda, who tells him: “Pass on what you have learned.”

He does something very hard: He admits that he canʼt face Darth Vader. It is fully DO NOT, no matter who Darth Vader is, he can not and will not kill his own father.

Luke also learns that not all of his family is either dead or evil. One of the sweetest and kindest people that he knows is his sister. There is hope in his family, and maybe he wonʼt be bad either?

He joins his friends on a mission to Endor but he senses Darth Vader and a terrible feeling goes through him. Has he ruined everything? They are let through, but Luke knows that itʼs just a matter of time.

The Ewoks are going to help them and it will all be good, but Luke has a feeling that it wonʼt be successful if he is there. He tells Leia why he has to go. Finally, we see what all of his thoughts have lead to. Remember that cave scene? He has to DO something, and killing Vader is a DO NOT... so why not turn him back to the light?

The galaxyʼs most hated man and he is sure that there is good inside him. Luke will not kill his father, so doesnʼt that logical thinking lead us to believe that a father will not kill his son?

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Leia tries to convince him otherwise, “Run away, Luke!”, but she knows that his mind is made up.

Here is the part where every move that Luke makes would be the exactly the same. Every word, expression, look, and gesture.

He confronts Darth Vader with the fact that he is his son, and that he wonʼt be able to kill him. We see hesitation on Vaderʼs part, but, being classic STAR WARS, both are sure that the other will turn first.

The scenes with the Emperor are so painful for me to watch, because in those moments I am Luke. It is revealed that it is his fault, that he did endanger the mission, and his friends are all doing to die. Again, and again, it is his fault. For so long he waits and tells himself not to attack the Emperor because that is what they are trying to get him to do, but eventually he breaks. And I wouldʼve broken there, too.

This duel is unique from the other duels in STAR WARS. Instead of both attacking each other, Luke is constantly hiding.

“Your thoughts betray you.”

Unintentionally he released the biggest secret that he has: Leia is his sister. Then the anger comes pouring out. But, not at Vader. At himself. He is to blame that he thought about her and Vader sensed it, now Luke feels that he has to save her by destroying Vader.

A short and intense fight ensues. Luke cuts off Vaderʼs hand and a couple of things hit him all at once.:
1. Wires replace where an arm should be. Luke doesnʼt know about the dark side of the force, but he feels there is something about losing a hand and that starts the process. That was what Vader was trying to do to him.
2. He is back in the cave. Instead of staring at his face where Vaderʼs should be, he is staring at his arm where Vaderʼs should be.



He throws down his lightsaber, making the final decision of DO NOT when it comes to killing his father.

“I am a Jedi, like my father before me.”

The Emperor begins torturing Luke, and his father, Anakin Skywalker, comes through. Vader chooses DO by stopping Palpatine. He throws him down a shaft, while taking the blunt of the attack and his system starts to shut down.

Luke feels that he has failed, because instead of turning him to the light, and saving him, Vader will die anyway. But, Anakin tells him: “You already have, Luke.”

This is one of the most amazing endings ever. But, Lukeʼs story continues in The Last Jedi. Many people disliked it, but I think that it fully completes his story.

Everyone has been searching for Luke since he disappeared after Ben Solo turned to the dark side and became Kylo Ren. Finally, Rey has found him and extends his and his fatherʼs lightsaber so that he will teach her.


Um, excuse me?

“You think what? Iʼm gonna walk out with a laser sword and face down the whole First Order?”

This is where everyone becomes confused when I say that I am Luke Skywalker, especially in The Last Jedi. I am a super optimistic person. It might be a bad day and everything seems horrible, but Iʼll point out some good things that happened. How would I be like this pessimistic old man who is crabby and tired of everything?

Remember, Luke was an optimist, too. The odds would look bad (or sound bad when coming from C-3PO), but he would push on.

They have found that there is a Death Star swarming with troops, but he had to get the princess out of there.

That target on the Death Star was too small, but Luke said that he used to hit rats that are not much bigger.

He has always stepped up because there had to be a way to save his friends.

What happened?

Even though I am bursting with positivity, when things are piled up and the dam finally breaks, it all reverses. I become tired of the world, am sarcastic, and angry.

This is something that I wish I could tell everyone, but I am never angry at other people. That rarely happens, possibly once or twice a year, and I can feel the difference. That anger is so different than when I am mad at myself. When I am filled with anger and despair and rage, it is all at myself. I blame every bad thing that happens on myself. Somehow, I am at fault. I know it sounds extreme, but itʼs true.

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This, I think is a big difference with the light side of the force vs. the dark side.

Anger leads to the dark side, so donʼt be angry they say. That, is impossible my friend, everyone gets angry from time to time.

But hatred, anger, towards others leads to the dark side. The dark side and Sith are the ones who use the Force choke on others. Whenever Luke is mad, it is towards himself. Therefore he would never turn to the dark side.

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But anger at yourself can still be destructive. We could go into all of the pros and cons of guilt and what it does to you, but thereʼs so much, you could write a book about it (Pst, thatʼs what Iʼm doing, if you were curious. That book is my NaNoWriMo project for this year.) Iʼll just stick to the points concerning Luke.

Luke never blames anyone else, he places the fault again, and again on him, Luke Skywalker, Jedi Master, a legend. He blames the Jedi, but he is such a part of the Jedi, the last one, that he is still blaming himself. 

What gives him the motivation to teach Rey? A visit from an old friend. Luke loves his sister so much, that is one of the reasons why he feels so much guilt.


In his lessons to Rey, he tells her: 
“But if you strip away the myth and look at their deeds, the legacy of the Jedi is failure. Hypocrisy, hubris.”
“Thatʼs not true!”
“At the height of their powers they allowed Darth Sidious to rise, create the Empire, and wipe them out. It was a Jedi Master who was responsible for the training and creation of Darth Vader.”
“And a Jedi who saved him. Yes, the most hated man in the galaxy. But you saw there was conflict inside him. You believed that we wasnʼt gone. That he could be turned.”
“And I became a legend.”

Luke feels that this failure brings down all of his victories and nothing is worthy. He forgets how much he has done because he feels that everything has just lead to this momentous disaster. That is why it is so beautiful that Rey reminds him about how he saved Darth Vader.

He remembered Yodaʼs words, “Pass on what you have learned.”

“For many years there was balance, and then I saw...Ben. My nephew with that mighty Skywalker blood. And in my hubris, I thought I could train him, I could pass on my strengths."

He wanted to share the Force. We see his face when Rey feels the force in front of him, we know how much he loves it. He wants to share that with others so they can use it for good.

But, in his words, he failed.

He closes himself off from the Force as a punishment.

He tells Rey that when he went to confront his nephew, Ben turned on him. Now, this may be part of what bothers people about The Last Jedi? Iʼm not sure. You could say, Luke lied! He didnʼt tell Rey what happened!

I understand him. When I have failed at something, it is hard to admit it. Whatever we tell people they are going to be disappointed. So what do we do? We tell them what is pounded into our brains, minute after minute.

WE FAILED.

They donʼt need to know the details.

“Leia blames Snoke, but it was me.”

The tone of his voice when he says those words kills me every. single. time.

What happened when he made this mistake? He decided to DO NOT.

This is a really hard part of always blaming everything on yourself. Eventually, you feel that no matter what you do, youʼll only make things worse. You want to fix your mistakes, but you feel that youʼll only ruin everything.

So what do you do? You run. Far away. You feel that you are worthless and canʼt do anything to make things right.

I fight this every day. Sometimes I convince myself to keep DOING, even if it doesnʼt work out. Some days that despair sinks in too much.


While teaching Rey we see that Luke wants to go back to the Force. So he does. He hears his sisterʼs voice say his name. This moment makes me so happy, because he starts to believe in himself as we have all believed in him.

He sees Rey with Kylo Ren. This is such a sad moment for Luke, because you can tell that he was going to tell Rey that he would DO it, he would help.

When starting all over again, from the bottom up, your foundation is unstable. So many times when I make the decision to DO, some tiny thing makes everything crumble again and I feel more broken than before.

Rey demands that he tell her what really happened.

“I saw darkness. Iʼd sensed it building in him. Iʼd seen it in moments during his training. But then I looked inside, and it was beyond what I ever imagined. Snoke had already turned his heart. He would bring destruction, and pain, and death, and the end of everything I love because of what he will become. And for the briefest moment of pure instinct, I thought I could stop it. It passed like a fleeting shadow. And I was left with shame, and with consequence. And the last thing I saw were the eyes of a frightened boy whose master had failed him.”

Rey is angry at him, which is understandable, but Luke has never denied that it is all and completely his fault. Did all the people think that Ben just went to the dark side on his own?

“You failed him by thinking that his choice was made. It wasnʼt. Thereʼs still conflict in him. If he were turned from the dark side, that could shift the tide. This could be how we win!”

“This is not going to go the way you think.”

She gives Luke one last chance to train her, and he turns away.

After Rey leaves he takes a rash decision. This happens to me all the time. When I failed a million times, I just want everything to end. The tree, the texts, the Jedi.

His old master Yoda appears.

Luke hesitates before DOING. He slowly lowers the flame. Yoda completes the task for him.


One of the things about blaming ourselves all the time is that we want others to do the same. I hate it when Iʼm telling someone that it is all my fault and they say, “No, it isnʼt.” then string out a million excuses, when I still know that it was me.

Whoever Luke has talked to, they blame someone else.

Leia blamed Snoke.
At first Rey blamed Kylo.

People still think that he is a legend and he just wants to reveal what he truly is: a failure.

What is so amazing to me about his conversation with Yoda, is that Yoda never tries to shift the blame. Yoda says that is okay.

“Heeded my words not, did you? Pass on what you have learned. Strength, mastery. But weakness, folly, failure also. Yes, failure most of all. The greatest teacher, failure is. Luke, we are what they grow beyond. That is the true burden of all masters.”

We donʼt want to blame someone else. That just makes us feel worse. We want to stop failing, but can never seem to. That is why it is so big for us for someone to accept us as we are, failures, and tell us that that is okay.

We donʼt see Luke for a while, but when we do, he has chosen to DO. How? He faces down the entire First Order with a laser sword.


He has my ultimate favorite lightsaber duel of all time. He learned his lesson that he canʼt stop Kylo Ren by killing him. After all, he is Lukeʼs nephew. Luke canʼt hurt any of his family.

But, he can distract him while the others escape. AND HE DID THIS ALL FROM HIS ISLAND.

That is not the end.

He taught Rey so much and she has had another great teacher, his sister. His legacy taught her that no one is ever really gone.

They can be saved from the darkness.

Luke Skywalker passed on what he learned.


I love The Last Jedi because it is Lukeʼs story. We get to see Lukeʼs struggles and we want to see him overcome. This is why we love stories, right? We connect and relate to characters, but it doesnʼt end there. We want to see them succeed, because that means that hope is not gone for us.

I fight everyday with the struggle of DO or DO NOT. Every day I tell myself that I canʼt just try while another part of me says that it is all pointless and will end in failure anyway.

But why do I keep fighting, and keep choosing to DO?

Because I havenʼt had my most epic lightsaber battle of all time where I showed that I was the most powerful Jedi. I keep looking towards the horizon.

What will I do when those doubts come pouring back? 


Yep, brush ʻem off.



That, ladies and gents, is the reason that The Last Jedi is my third favorite movie of all time!

Thank you so much for making it through that ginormous thing! Check out HERE or HERE for other awesome STAR WARS related posts. Thanks to Katie and Eva for hosting!


Your turn to tell me your thoughts on Luke Skywalker! Are there any ways that you relate to him? Did anything that I said make sense?

MovieCritic

Wednesday, October 14, 2020

Movie Review: Clue (1985)

Hello, and thanks for coming!

In the past I have written movie reviews for The Pirates of the Caribbean which is based on an amusement park ride, but this is the first time that I have reviewed something that is based on a board game! The game first came out in 1949 and this movie came out 36 years later. How do the two compare? Letʼs find out!

My guarantee: On ALL of my reviews there are NO spoilers unless I give you warning. My review of this is spoiler free!


Movie Review: Clue (1985):

Based on: the board game created by Anthony E. Pratt.
Six guests arrive at a mansion because they got a letter telling them to be there and are instructed to call themselves by an assigned name when they arrive. No one is sure why they are there until the butler Wadsworth reveals that they all have something in common: they are being blackmailed. Wadsworth lays out a plan on coming clean so the blackmailer can be arrested. Things go awry when the lights go off and someone is killed. Now there is a murderer among them and they have to find out who it is. Who killed Mr. Boddy and more importantly, who will be next?
And guess what, there are several answers because there are three different endings!
Genre: Mystery, Crime, Thriller, Comedy.
Length: approx. 96 minutes.
Script: 7, a name in vain is used several times.
ʻ“Are you trying to make me look stupid in front of the other guests?”
“You don't need any help from me, sir.”
“That's right!”ʼ
Crew: Directed by: Jonathan Lynn.
Written by: Jonathan Lynn & John Landis.
Starring:
Eileen Brennan as Mrs. Peacock.
Tim Curry as Wadsworth.
Madeline Kahn as Mrs. White.
Christopher Lloyd as Professor Plum.
Michael McKean as Mr. Green.
Martin Mull as Colonel Mustard.
Lesley Ann Warren as Miss Scarlet.
Lee Ving as Mr. Boddy.
Colleen Camp as Yvette.
Kellye Nakahara as The Cook.
Bill Henderson as The Cop.
Jane Wiedlin as The Singing Telegram Girl.
Jeffrey Kramer as The Motorist.
Will Nye as Cop #1.
Rick Goldman as Cop #2.
Don Camp as Cop #3.
Costumes: 5, the costumes are mostly all fitting for the 1950ʼs (which is when this is set), but there are two outfits that are either low, short, or tight, and they wouldnʼt be that bad, but the characters are constantly pointing them out or exaggerating them.
Costumes by: Michael Kaplan.
Cinematography: 9, this is a neat aspect! I mean, it is not 100% something original that Iʼve never seen before, but the darker atmosphere is so fitting.
Cinematography by: Victor J. Kemper.
ʻ“Why has the car stopped?”
“It's frightened.”ʼ
Music: 8, it very effectively gets you into the mystery mood right away. Each time that we have watched this our first comment is, “Nice score!”
Music by: John Morris.
Notes: I mentioned it above, but my favorite thing about this movie is that THERE ARE THREE DIFFERENT ENDINGS. So cool!
Quotability: 9, ah yes. My sisters and I quote this movie so often. One part especially, there isnʼt much to put here because it is mostly a facial expression and repeating the same thing over and over again, but it is hilarious! “Flames...flames...”
Hey, look, I found a gif!
Content: 4, there is smoking, murder, killing, suicide mentioned, so much suggestive stuff along with open discussion about it, lots of touching each other in bad places, and body parts mentioned.
Originality: 10, a murder mystery with three endings? Iʼm going to keep saying this throughout this review just because I think it is so cool. Why donʼt more movies do this? 
Good For: Mystery fans, anyone who has played the board game, fans of the actors. 
Age Range: Even though I think it is only PG, I would say that it is at least PG-13. Just because of all of the comments that are filled with innuendo.
Overall Score: 7. I take the mean total of all of the numbers, and having such an original storyline really bumped it up!
Worth watching?: Oh yes! All of the actors had hilarious parts and, everybody say it with me, three different endings! My family and I watched a different ending each time we saw it, and I had no idea about endings #1 and #3, but on the last one that we watched (#2) I focused so much and guessed it! I was so proud of myself.
Will I watch again?: Iʼve seen all of the endings now, but I can still see this becoming a yearly thing that my family watches. Clue is one of my favorite board games, and I love that they made it into a movie!


What is “breening”? It is a term coined in the magazine Variety about the head of the Hays Motion Picture Production Code (in place between 1934-1968), Joseph I. Breen (he worked there between 1934-54). Certain things were or were not allowed in the Code. But, it was unlike just censoring things because self-regulators helped filmmakers during the production of films to come up with alternatives when there was a problem with anything that didnʼt fit in the Code.

What Iʼll be doing today is talking about what this movie would look like if it had been made in Code years when Mr. Breen was in charge.

I mean no offense to anyone who likes this movie! If you disagree with my suggestions and you like the movie how it was made, then lucky you! That is the final product that was released into the world! I really like the movie myself and have seen it three times and enjoyed it all three. I look forward to many rewatches in years to come! I just thought that this would be a fun challenge for me and because I did the murder mystery Gosford Park (2001) (which is one of my favorite posts that Iʼve written) for PEPS's last Great Breening Blogathon, I thought that I would carry on the tradition and since I had just watched this for PEPSʼs #AMonthWithoutTheCode2020,  it is what came into my head first.

This is a film that is actually impossible to “breen” as it is a “black comedy”, meaning a comedy that makes fun of murder or other dark subjects. There could be murder, mysteries, or difficult topics in a Code film, but they always had to be shown as something that was serious.

That being so, I decided to change anything that I could (without taking away from the story) to see how close we can get to a Code film.

THERE WILL BE SPOILERS FOR THIS MOVIE FROM THIS POINT ON. IF YOU HAVENʼT SEEN IT, READ NO FURTHER. 
Now, Iʼm going to give away a lot of details from the movie, but I will NOT tell you “who done it”. All of my changes will apply to the characters as a whole and the ending will not change that. I am still making you see the movie if you want to see the three endings for yourself!
Final disclaimer:
I am not an expert on the Motion Picture Production Code! Iʼve never read the whole thing, and my only knowledge of it comes from reading Tiffany and Rebekahʼs posts. This is just my second time, but they do it a lot, so for a full list of all of their “breened” films, check out HERE. Plus, if you want more information, about the Code itself, go HERE.

The writers of PEPS, the Brannans, have said that there are two kinds of problems when trying to “breen” a film: surface ones and core ones. Surface problems are bad language, poor costumes, and the like. It doesnʼt affect the plot and can easily be changed. Core problems are not gotten rid of so easily, as the deal with main parts of the story. But, instead of just saying, “You have to fix it!” the self-regulators would have discussions with the filmmakers about other possibilities. This is where “breening” a film by typing it is hard, as there is none of that good conversation about all of the possibilities. Iʼll do my best, though!

Surface problems in Clue (1985):
There are so many hilarious parts about this movie, what with clever lines, funny confusion, and expressions. But there are a few that are just distasteful and clog up all the good bits. My sister hates it when I use the term “suggestive”, but Iʼm going to be using it a lot here, sorry!

To be changed: 
Costumes and the constant staring at Yvette and other ladies. As I said in my Costumes part of my review, they are short, low and tight. Those two costumes are the ones belonging to Yvette and Miss Scarlet. A big part of the humor is making fun of this with suggestive staring and touching of body parts. This just isnʼt funny to me and I role my eyes in annoyance every time it happens. The costumes would be more covering and all of that would be taken out.
So many open and suggestive comments are present in this movie. The script is so good without it, I would just say that they could be removed! There is a mention of “sleeping with my wife”. Itʼs kind of a famous line, but in Code years it wouldʼve been changed to “be with my wife”.

A few times a name in vain is used and a different expression could be put in.

Part of the Code was that when a character was killed it was never shown on screen. Now, itʼs been two months since I saw it, but I think that it was pretty good in this regard. A light is turned off or we see the character's face before, but not during as it goes to a different shot when it actually happens.

Iʼm still trying to stay away from too many spoilers, but in one part the characters are trying to hid bodies by pretending that they arenʼt dead and decided to do it in the most suggestive way. One way was where they stuck a bottle in that personʼs hand and gave them a hat and it just looked like he was intoxicated and sleeping. While a cover up nearby is that two alive people were doing very suggestive things. They, for one, could just be sitting talking like regular people or playing cards or something. For the rest of the bodies, it could be changed to something similar to the "drunk" man.

Core problems in Clue (1985):
Here is the rundown for all of the main characters. Spoilers will really begin here, so it is your last chance to stop reading if you havenʼt seen the movie!

How all of the characters are being blackmailed:
Miss Scarlet - Ran a house of “ill dispute”. (When my sister reads this she will roll her eyes at my dancing away from words that I donʼt want to use). Yvette worked for her and Colonel Mustard was a “client” (How vulgar!).
Colonel Mustard - Besides the aforementioned thing, he was a war profiteer.
Professor Plum - Had an affair with a patient (“Oh, how disgusting!” That quote sums up my thoughts).
Mrs. Peacock - Was paying people to vote for her husband who is a senator.
Mrs. White - Had husbands who all died mysteriously.
Mr. Green - Is a homosexual who doesnʼt want that revealed because he could lose his job.

Possible changes:
This is very difficult because instead of having good characters vs. bad, they are all “shady”, they are meant to be unlikable, and we are supposed to be suspicious of all of them. So, most of this is fine and I donʼt have to change it!

The only one that I would change is Miss Scarletʼs. Maybe she ran some sort of speakeasy or forbidden saloon thing? Yvette wouldʼve been a waitress and Colonel Mustard would visit there but not for other reasons besides drinking.
Professor Plum should probably be changed too. Maybe he was experimenting with different toxic chemicals and it got him fired from his job? Itʼs also fine to just leave the affair as a rumor but remove the comments. As I said above, either way we should take out the really suggestive comments about it all.

I canʼt think of a way to change Mr. Green, but I donʼt think it is that necessary? I'm not sure what the Code's stand on that was. I've done some research, but I couldn't find anything. I'll leave it in, but any offensive comments to Mr. Green about it should be taken out.

There is “proof” of the things that each person is being blackmailed for, which takes away all of our suspicion, so I would remove it, but there is a critical reason why it is there. Part of it is that “the murderer” reads it and knows about the how the blackmailer got his information. Instead of the “proof” that we see in this movie (which is content heavy), maybe there could just be a list with names of everyone who might know something.

In each of the three endings when revealing who didnʼt do it, they should be proved innocent for the thing they are being blackmailed about. Somehow. My brain is starting to run out of ideas at this point, so I don't have any good suggestions.

ʻ“...and to make a long story short...” 
“Too late!”ʼ

That finishes off my “breening”! Check HERE for the other entries in this blogathon!


Remember though, I do have so much fun watching this movie! To prove it to you, Iʼll leave you with my sistersʼ and my favorite scene in the movie that we quote nearly on a daily basis:

ʻ“Wadsworth, am I right in thinking there's nobody else in this house?” 
“Um... no.”
“Then there is someone else in this house?”
“Sorry, I said ʻnoʼ meaning ʻyes.ʼ”
“ʻNoʼ meaning ʻyes?ʼ Look, I want a straight answer, is there someone else, or isn't there, yes, or no?”
“No.”
“No there is, or no there isn't?”
“Yes.”ʼ 
.......

A little later

.......
ʻ“Well, there is still some confusion as to whether or not there is anybody else in this house!”
“I told you, there isn't.”
“There isn't any confusion, or there isn't anybody else?” 
“Either! Or both.”
“Just give me a clear answer!”
“Certainly!....What was the question?”
“Is there anybody else in this house?” 
“No!”ʼ


Thanks for reading! If youʼve seen this what do you think of the changes that wouldʼve had to be made for the Code? Any changes that I missed? Has anyone else played the board game and loved it like I have?


MovieCritic

Saturday, October 10, 2020

Announcing My Fifth Blog Costume Party!

Good day to you, my fellow bloggers!

When you have a tradition, you have to keep going with it, right?

Well, every year I've hosted a blog costume party, and this year is no different. I'm here to announce that very thing! It is time to get ready for my Fifth Blog Costume Party! Technically at this point I could use the word "annual", but I digress. 
For those of you who are new, you must be wondering what in the world I am talking about! Have no fear, I have a rather long explanation for you. I use the same each year, but I adjust it a tiny bit if you notice some differences.

The rules/guidelines/thoughts!:
1. This whole thing started because I loved dressing up for Halloween and wanted to "show off" my costumes. I totally understand if you don't participate in Halloween or support it. That is why a few years ago I changed it from my "Halloween Blog Party" to "Blog Costume Party", to make sure that everyone was comfortable enough to join, if they so ever wanted to. I do this around Halloween because I can get away with dressing up and not just seem like the crazy person that I am. (Want some thoughts on Halloween? Here is a really thought provoking post about it by the awesome Kara Lynn!)

2. The party will take place November 12th-14th, 2020. This is very informal. Four years ago, in 2016, this was my first blog party. Since then it has become less official, and more of an excuse to dress up. I would absolutely love it if you would like to join!

3. How to join: Find a book or film character who is very recognizable by how they look and dress. Once you've found that person, write about them! There are several ways:
  • Dress up like them and share your pictures (you don't have to include a picture of your face, if you don't want to. I never do. You can just blur that part of the picture if it makes you more comfortable).
  • Write a review of the book or movie containing that character (Pst, that's my favorite thing to do).
  • If you don't want to dress up yourself, you can tell us how to dress like them. 
  • What makes their look so iconic? Why are they immediately recognized? 
  • Or, just talk about what you love about a certain character!
Additionally, you can combine any of these into one post. It is up to you!

4. "But MC, there are so many characters, I can't pick!" I will be something either magical, scary, or a villain, but you don't have to! If there is a character who has a look that everyone is familiar with, you can definitely be them, it's pretty free ranged! My only guideline here is to think of a fictional character, because that's what my blog is kind of about. Here are the entries from the previous years to get you thinking (check out each of the posts for the photos!): 
Thing 1 and Thing 2 (The Cat in the Hat) [Kara Lynn and her sister]

5. If you want to join, let me know and I'll link to you here. It can be a surprise if you want (mine always is), or if you have any questions, just ask away!

6. Want to join, but by doing a guest post here? That is an option! Just let me know in the comments then email me at:  queen13movies(at)gmail(dot)com
Make sure that you send me your post with any images that you want to use at least three days before the party starts.

7. The main purpose of this is to have fun! I know that I have a great time figuring out what I'm going to do and putting it together, and I hope that you do, too!

For a simpler run down:
What: Costume Blog Party!

Where: Hosted by me, here at Movies Meet Their Match!

When: November 12th-14th, 2020


Button time! Please take one to spread the word so we can make this a big party! I made a mix of  characters on the buttons for inspiration and, additionally, one of the buttons is a clue to what I'm going to be... Sorry that they are a bit blurry! I don't think that they'll appear that way on the sidebar.
 






The participants:

MovieCritic @ Movies Meet Their Match
McKayla @ Tales of a Triple Threat
Rachel @ R's Loft


Thanks for reading! I hope that you find time to join!

MovieCritic
"If you want a happy ending, that depends, of course, where you stop your story." -Orson Welles