Clue is a board game movie done right. Granted, there aren’t many board game movies in existence. Given the narrative structure of the game, Hasbro made the wise decision to make a live-action version of Clue. A famous board game I never played when I was younger. Clue was a lot of kids introduction to a classic “Whodunit” full of murder and sex appeal. I didn’t see the over-the-top mystery film when I was younger either, but I can certainly understand why it has a cult following. Clue goes to great lengths in recreating the scene of the crime. A highly respectable cast is assembled to portray each key player in the game.
Eileen Brennan, Madeline Kahn, Christopher Lloyd, Michael McKean, Martin Mull, and Lesley Ann Warren are all fully dedicated to giving Mrs. Peacock, Mrs. White, Prof. Plum, Mr. Green, Col. Mustard, and Miss Scarlet personality. They make the clever decision to have each name be a pseudonym. Each character is blackmailed for business related scandals. They all enter the board game authentic mansion where they’re greeted by an original butler and maid. Tim Curry is a major highlight as the high energy Wadsworth. Though I often find myself staring at the busty French maid Yvette.
Mr. Boddy is the host who is just their to be the primary murder victim of the story. He gives them each a candlestick, knife, lead pipe, revolver, rope, and wrench. The first murder sets off a chain reaction of murders that occur after increasingly hilarious hijinks. The physical comedy really lightens up the constant death. While the 1954 aesthetic and shadowy atmosphere makes it seem more sophisticated. The most unique part is the use of multiple endings during the theatrical release. Ending A & B make one person the final killer, while Ending C makes everyone partially guilty. It’s a mystery why Clue hasn’t inspired even more well thought out board game movies.