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Clue, of course, is a movie based on the board game of the same name. In the game, you try to figure out who killed Mr. Boddy, and where, and with what weapon. In the movie, this is more or less what's going on, except it's set in the backdrop of the 50s with the Red Scare in full effect, and a cast of comedians playing the colorfully-named cast.

Tim Curry is the life of the movie as Wadsworth, the butler. His employer/slavemaster, Mr. Boddy, has been blackmailing all of these folks for their indiscretions (said indiscretions range from simple affairs to full-out serial murder), and now one of them has killed him. Twice. The cast spends the movie scampering around this huge house, making a lot of clever and often somewhat blue comments to each other, and knocking off anyone who doesn't have a surname. By the end of the movie, things are well and truly out of hand, six people are dead, and we know whodunit...

For which there are three different options. I never saw this movie in theaters, and so I've only ever watched the version where all three endings are played in sequence. The DVD also includes and option to play one at random, and maybe next time I watch it, I'll do that so I can see what one of the latter two (the Mrs. Peacock or the "fuck it, everyone's guilty and Mr. Green is a plant") endings are like if you see them from the beginning.

Following the plot is hard at times, but the writers kind of hang a lantern on that ("There's still one thing I don't understand." "One thing?"). The strength of the movie is in the fun performances and the pratfalls. Yeah, the movie doesn't make a lot of logical sense, especially the final ending (if Wadsworth set all of this up, why is he reading instructions? Why does he take the risk of Mr. Boddy, his "butler," shutting off the lights and telling everyone to kill him? How did any of this really work?), but what the hell. You're along for the ride, and the plot matters less than the immediacy of searching the house. I've run games like that, where if you stop and think it doesn't really track, but screw it, we're having fun.

My favorite bit of dialog, by the way: "This is war, Peacock! You cannot make an omelet without breaking eggs! Every cook will tell you that!" "But look what happened to the cook!"

My grade: B+
Rewatch value: High

Next up: Conspiracy Theory

Date: 2012-01-02 10:35 pm (UTC)
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I have a very soft spot for both Clue and it's spiritual predecessor Murder by Death. They're both built around fast, funny dialogue and the set far more than any coherent story (MbD wins for David Niven and Peter Falk's performances, in my book).

"To make a long story short-"
"Too late."

Date: 2012-01-03 01:38 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] mythicfox.livejournal.com
I recently realized that I'm all but physically incapable of saying "to make a long story short" without reflexively muttering "too late" under my breath immediately afterwards.

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