Based on the well-known board game, six strangers come together to meet at a mysterious mansion. The head butler of the home, Wadsworth (played by Tim Curry), reveals to the six strangers that they all have something in common. His boss has been blackmailing all 6 of them for some time now and wishes to have a further discussion.
To top it off, throughout the night, the guests discover there is a murderer among them. But which one out of the six guests could it be?
Although this is a murder mystery, the film is also a comedy. The film is overloaded with witty, snappy dialogue and super corny jokes (80’s style). The biggest stand out as an actor is Tim Curry. He is full of energy and delivers a fun performance (not to mention stealing the show), in particular during the film’s third act and the final reveal of how the murders took place. The film’s musical soundtrack is also fun as it tries to be spooky and scary. I also must comment on how excellent the mansion and set design looks for this film.
As a murder mystery, the film is rather honest in regards to its clues. When rewatching the film recently, if you pay close attention, you can work it all out before the final reveal. However, as a fun fact for movie buffs, this film features three different endings. When making the film, three conclusions were shot, and when it went into cinemas back in 1995, one of the three different conclusions were shown at each theatre. Which means if your friend went to see the same film, the chances are they saw a different ending to what you saw (“Ending A”, “Ending B”, or “Ending C”). Thankfully the three conclusions are all now included no matter how you watch the film today (DVD or Apple iTunes, etc.). In my opinion, ending C is the right and final ending for the movie.
Overall, Clue succeeds in bringing the well known classic board game to the screen. With quirky, witty and fun dialogue, and a film that contains super random characters, this “Who done it” is lots of fun and shouldn’t be taken too seriously. Actor Tim Curry steals the show with his energetic performance which will never be forgotten.
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Review Written by Peter Walkden