Oh, that sneaky little dude we all love named J.D. He nearly snuck his Endings Blog-a-Thon by me but he wasn’t quick enough!
When I think of endings, I think of the only movie that has multiple endings. Actually, it has multiple justified endings (Lord of the Rings: Return of the King, I shan’t say anything at all. Much) that make sense within the story, which is essentially a variant on playing the actual board game.
Given the fact that the premise of Clue is, as above, based on a board game, there was a lot for the writers to create.
Just as you played the board game with different endings, so ends Clue. Each ending retains certain similarities; the quote “Communism was just a red herring” is used in each, as is the chandelier crashing to the floor of the foyer.
That’s what could have happened, right? But here’s what really happened…
The final ending is just the icing on the cake. Instead of leaving anyone out, every character is guilty of something.
Mr. Green: “They all did it! But if you want to know who killed Mr. Boddy, I did. In the Hall, with the revolver. Take ’em away, chief…I’m going to go home and sleep with my wife.”
For a movie based on a board game, Clue is sharply written even withstanding that fact. Such wittiness is reflected right there in the distinct endings portrayed, with the final being a well-intentioned wink and a nod to the game. Every character commits a crime with every weapon in every room. No viewer is left out, not even the lame guy in the back who was picked last for dodgeball and could never figure out that it was Professor Plum in the conservatory with the candlestick. Clue manages some incisively snarky humor throughout the film, directed more at ’50’s Americana than the game itself, but it returns to its humble roots in the end and that…that is where it really shines.
In this age of the forgettable adaptation of everything (I am looking at you, whoever is making Monopoly into a movie), you have to wonder…why don’t people look back as a guidepost to Clue? It’s a solid movie with a stunner series of endings – endings that can only work because of its pedestrian but unique inspiration.