Today we’re talking about the 1985 film Clue.
The story is fun, fast, and witty. Part of that is necessity to cover the dangling threads of story. As a mystery, it’s severely lacking. As a comedy, it’s pure gold.
I was happy to see they didn’t automatically paint the supposed gay character as evil. If anything, he was the least evil of the group. However, the “real” ending having him say he was going home to his wife sucked, although I know they had to do it for ratings reasons.
Using the Clue board game names with their own special zany character traits. Each is just silly enough to be likeable and murderous enough not to be.
The characters are quite boring, but the impressive actors manage to make them interesting.
This has more banter, quips, and witty dialogue than an entire season of some sitcoms. Some are good, some are bad, and a lot of them fall flat, but the sheer quantity ensures that there’s something for everyone.
Visuals and Music
The cinematography walks the line between camp and brilliance in the best possible way. The set is exquisite and the costumes are fantastic.
The music is simple but perfectly well used. Lots of nods to other mysteries and spy films.
This movie isn’t going to make you think super hard and it’s not so dumb it seems smart, it’s somewhere in the middle. Combined with the amazing cast and wonderful jokes, it’s a fun movie to watch. Everyone was enthralled except the 3 year old who was bored. The 6 year old did say she wished there was more time to try and guess the murderer.
Fast and funny this is a classic homage to the game and mystery films in general. It’s not a good mystery, but the comedy and the cinematography more than make up for it.
Final Score: 3.5 Stars out of 5