Title: Clue Director: Jonathan Lynn Year: 1985 Run time: 1hr 34m
“Here is the murderously funny movie based on the world-famous Clue board game. Was it Colonel Mustard in the study with a gun? Miss Scarlet in the billiard room with the rope? Or was it Wadsworth the butler? Meet all the notorious suspects and discover all their foul play things. You’ll love their dastardly doings as the bodies and the laughs pile up before your eyes.”
1:12 - The titles aren’t so inspiring. Clouds and text. 5:30 - Wadsworth… is that a reference to the board game manufacturers? 10:18 - Gongs should be banned! 10:49 - “I’m the butler. I butle, Sir.” 11:07 - Wait a minute, that Space song is a Kipling quote?? 16:19 - “Why have we all been dragged up here to this horrible place?” Way to ingratiate yourself. 21:20 - Pervert Doc Brown. 23:33 - Mr C just had a Superman moment when Mr Green took off his glasses and he suddenly recognised him from Spinal Tap. 30:29 - The wrench is not reassuring. 38:45 - “I’ll catch her, fall into my arms.” Hehehe. 43:04 - “Yep, two corpses, everything’s fine.” 45:19 - Where do you get massively long matches like that? 51:38 - At this point, they have made such a fuss, I cant even remember what they’re looking for. 56:29 - It seems like such an Allo Allo accent. 1:06:37 - Singing telegram is so weird. 1:08:23 - The big reveal, just like Jonathan Creek 1:10:51 - This is the whole film again but at x2 speed, like how I listen to podcasts. Maybe that’s why I like it so much. 1:16:57 - It’s the singing telegram girl I feel most sorry for. 1:24:55 - I forgot the alternate endings thing. 1:31:46 - Plain sight red herring.
So, I love this film. I’ve seen it over and over, although not for a good long while. I didn’t think it would be Mr C’s cup of tea, but eventually I got my way and managed to get it on our screens. Thankfully, it went down very well - quirky, imaginative, with some interesting characters, snappy dialogue and funny moments.
Things did start to unravel a little bit towards the end. It takes a while to get your head around Wadsworth repeating the film at times two speed, and I really think they’ve made an error with the three endings. I have no idea how that would have worked in the cinema, and one after the other just sits really weirdly. Pick one and go with it.
But I still love it, it has a hint of musicality about it, you’ve got the Jonathan Creek nature of the whodunit, and just generally, it’s fab!