Movies come in all shapes and sizes. Some are action packed blockbusters, and others are quiet indie films. There are tragedies and comedies and blends of the two. There are so many genres of film, and subgenres, and sub-subgenres. In fact, there’s at least twelve movies made for any given aspect of society.
It’s because of this vast diversity that it’s somewhat difficult to compare films across all genres. If that’s not enough, how good a movie is perceived to be is completely subjective, which makes rating them all but impossible (how do the Oscars successfully pull it off, year after year?). However, despite these obstacles, I am here to share with you the greatest film of all time. Is it Citizen Kane? The Godfather? Are you ready?
I mean, it’s in the title of the article, so I don’t know how suspenseful that was supposed to be. Now, I know what you’re thinking. Clue? Really? Yes, really.
Clue was released in 1985, and is based on the board game of the same name. How could such a ridiculous premise make for a good movie? I mean, look at the atrocity that is Battleship. Games don’t make for good movies, so how is Clue any different? Why is it any good at all, much less the best movie in the history of movies?
The genre: First off, it’s a comedy. Any movie based on a game that takes itself too seriously is probably going to be garbage. Super Mario Bros., Double Dragon, Street Fighter, Bloodrayne, etc. Yeah, I know those are based on video games and Clue is a board game, but honestly, there really aren’t that many movies based on more traditional table-top games.
The fact that it’s a comedy gives it the opportunity to craft a story based on the absurd premise that someone was murdered in a group setting, with no one knowing who did it, and then mine it for all the comedy gold that’s usually associated with a murder mystery.
It has slapstick comedy, because minor violence is funny. It has black comedy, because major violence is funny. It’s also packed full of clever dialogue – one liners, two liners, three liners, and wordplay, in addition to the constant banter among the characters. The best part? It’s relevant. There are few throwaway jokes, but even the silliest exchanges actually move the plot forward.
It’s also a mystery. With all the hilarious hijinks going on with characters verbally sparring and people getting hit, it’s easy to forget that there’s a murderer in the house ready to strike at any moment. But over the course of the movie, the danger escalates until the the spectacular ending in which the killer is finally exposed.
Multiple endings: It has multiple endings! That’s incredible!
When making Clue, three different endings were filmed, and the entire movie is constructed in such a way that makes each ending equally plausible, which is actually pretty brilliant in and of itself. For the theatrical release, theaters were given either the A, B, or C version of the ending, so the audience in one theater might not necessarily have the same experience as the audience in another.
Sure, it’s gimmicky. No, it didn’t help Clue at the box office, because it grossed just shy of the $15m it cost to make it. But it is incredibly cool.
Nowadays, any version you see, whether it’s on Netflix (sadly no longer available for streaming at this time, but I have faith it’ll be back!), DVD, or the ancient sacred technology known as VHS (look it up, kids), will have all three endings, each of which play out as possible scenarios.
The cast: Clue features an ensemble cast, each member of which portrays a unique, interesting, and funny character.
Tim Curry, arguably the most famous member, leads the show as the dryly sarcastic butler, Wadsworth, who happens to have the most butlery name that ever butlered.
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