Fun and games!
In a nutshell, Clue, or “Cluedo”, is a murder mystery game manufactured by Waddingtons in the UK in 1949. It has been republished many times since. It was made into a movie in 1985 and here we are, with an array of excellent actors playing the archetypes we love. Those familiar with the original game will recognize the characters who are, at this point, part of pop culture.
The movie takes place in New England 1954. It is very theatrical. It’s pretty much like watching a play. It is an energetic dialogue-driven whodunit with the least amount of gore possible, accessible to pretty much all audiences. It contains a peculiar, over-the-top dark, slapstick humor that becomes a signature. The characters are all potential murderers and, of course, potential victims.
The players are stuck in a densely decorated house that’s exactly what we’d expect from the board game, where each room has its personality yet is part of a whole. The victims aren’t trying very hard to escape their situation, let alone leave the house, but that’s part of the charm. Now, try to guess who the killer is and you’ll probably fail. You won’t see that ending coming...