I will call a good movie with a beautiful soundtrack, a CINEMATIC experience; movies such as Titanic, Breakfast Club, Terms of Endearment, and etc. The soundtrack is the movie, and vise versa.
But sometimes… the song comes first and is placed so brilliantly to a final scene in a movie that it can’t help but be perfection. No matter how many rights were signed, or comical deviation it took, it turns out just simply, “shakingly” perfect.
As Big Joe Turner sang “Shake, Rattle & Roll” for the first time in 1954, Clue was simply a seductive sleuthing game. Thirty years later Miss Scarlett and Professor Plum were doing their real time shaking in the cult classic that became CLUE. The soundtrack itself includes “Life Could be a Dream” and ” Sh Boom Sh Boom,” confusing the murderous scenes with a sense of giggles all throughout. As the laughter drains out, and the infamous Clue cards flash across the screen displaying the names of Eileen Brennan, Tim Curry and Madeline Kahn, the Who Dunnit’ ending is once again fooled by the paradox that is this movie.
“Shake, Rattle & Roll” ends this sleuthing, J Edgar Hoover parody firing comedy with a simple sense of light heartedness. A smile that is tickled by that little temptation that it inspires one to sway their hips, and tap their foot. It leaves the audience warm from six cold blooded murders. The multi ending, possibility of this or that finale is witty and clever, giving curious credit to the original game, and the 1954 hit concludes it in a smirkin, damn that’s clever kinda’ way.
Don’t want to spoil the ending, but let’s just say the least expected character, is the only one who gets to “Shake, Rattle & Roll” with her….or her spouse in the end! (Get it?)