This BuzzFeed article on Clue: The Movie is fun to read and full of interesting information. After reading, I dug out the DVD and enjoyed it even more knowing the history.
Although made almost 30 years ago, the film is somewhat timeless, due to its setting in 1954 and its use of a wonderful cast. Unusual for an ensemble, the six main characters are all well-known name actors: Eileen Brennan, Madeline Kahn, Christopher Lloyd, Michael McKean, Martin Mull, and Lesley Ann Warren, with the support of Tim Curry as Wadsworth, the butler, holding the game together with those amazing expository speeches in that wonderfully plummy accent, and Colleen Camp as the maid Yvette.
One thing not addressed is how the characters don’t wear their colors, instead in complements or counterparts. Colonel Mustard wears brown, Mrs. Peacock (blue) wears gold, Miss Scarlet wears dark green, Mrs. White wears black, and so on. I’ve always wondered about that costuming choice, although the cars are properly colored.
As the first movie (but not the last) based on a board game, the movie faced poor expectations going in, with the gimmick of three alternate endings confusing viewers. I’m surprised no one’s ever tried it again, since with digital delivery it would be much easier to organize. Watching it again, though, there’s one clearly best ending, and it’s the one that comes last. If you’re an Amazon Prime member, you can watch the movie for free.
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