Movie Review: Clue (1985)

“Clue” is a 1985 movie based on the classic board game of the same name, directed by Jonathan Lynn and starring an ensemble cast of talented actors, including Tim Curry, Madeline Kahn, Christopher Lloyd, and Martin Mull.

The plot revolves around six strangers who are invited to a mansion for a dinner party hosted by Mr. Boddy. As they arrive, they are each given a pseudonym and a weapon, representing the classic characters and objects from the game. Mr. Boddy, who has a reputation for blackmailing each of the guests, reveals that he knows their dirty secrets and threatens to expose them unless they kill Wadsworth, the butler, who he claims has been blackmailing them all.

As the guests reluctantly agree to the plot, the lights suddenly go out, and when they come back on, Mr. Boddy is lying on the floor dead. As they try to figure out who killed him, the plot twists and turns, with each character revealing secrets and motives that could implicate them in the murder.

The movie is a hilarious comedy of errors, with a fast-paced plot and witty dialogue. The characters are exaggerated and over-the-top, but in a way that fits the tone of the film perfectly. Tim Curry steals the show as Wadsworth, the butler, with his quick wit and physical humor.

The movie is also a great tribute to the board game, with clever references and nods to the classic elements of the board game. The various rooms in the mansion are represented, and the characters move around the house, playing out the game on the big screen.

The ending of the movie is perhaps its most notable feature. There are three different endings, each with a different killer and motive. When the movie was released in theaters, each theater received a different ending, which added an element of surprise and intrigue to the experience. The home video release of the movie includes all three endings, which allows the viewer to choose which ending they prefer.

“Clue” is a fun and entertaining movie that is perfect for a lighthearted night in. Its unique structure and multiple endings make it a great movie to watch with friends, as you can debate and discuss who you think the killer is and why. The movie has become a cult classic over the years, and its popularity is a testament to its enduring appeal.

While the movie has its flaws, such as some uneven pacing and an over-reliance on physical humor, it still holds up as a great comedy and a clever adaptation of the classic board game. Its humor is both silly and smart, and it provides a great escape from reality for a couple of hours.

In conclusion, “Clue” is a must-see for fans of the board game and anyone looking for a fun, light-hearted comedy. Its talented cast, witty script, and unique structure make it a classic that still holds up today. You can pick up a copy of “Clue” here or watch for free on Amazon Prime.


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