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Ironic Titles or False Advertizing?

Clueless was a very clever and insightful movie.

Without a Clue, I remember being a remarkably intelligent comedy.

But Clue, for better or worse, was completely mindless.

Can anyone explain this?

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self
Mar. 3rd, 2002 04:15 am (UTC)
I carefully chose the word "Mindless" for it's lack of connotation. It's neither good nor bad in and of itself. "Mindless entertainment" is no less entertaining than the mindful variety, after all. I figured Clue's biggest fans would agree that "making you think" would have destroyed the film.

That being said, I do hate the film to no end (or rather, to all four of them) despite an absolutely incredible cast. I think the central gimmick of a mystery that you can slap conflicting solutions onto did permanent damage to the genre. I'm irrationally biased, I'll grant you. But I understand that the reasons I hate this film are the same reasons other people love it, and I think my wording was fair.

Maybe not, though. That's the problem with being irrationally biased...
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self
Mar. 3rd, 2002 04:20 am (UTC)
I think that's the secret.
The real mystery is why the word clue should mean "Negate Me" whenever you see it in a movie title?
speedball
Mar. 3rd, 2002 12:51 pm (UTC)
What does that say about these movies?
self
Mar. 3rd, 2002 03:25 pm (UTC)
No clue.
the Only Clue:
Well, we already know that much has to be misleading. If there's a mystery, the details of the crime itself are clues in multitude. So, for there to be only one clue, it would have to be something like this:
    Holmes: A crime has occurred.
    Watson: Really? What?
    Holmes: I have no idea.
    Watson: How did you come by this knowledge?
    Holmes: I don't know.
    Watson: So, how do we investigate?
    Holmes: Simple. We don't!
    Watson: You know, it's lucky for you I'm a doctor. Shall we give you your medication now?
    Holmes: That sounds good.


So, no. Going strictly by the negated title, I'd have to say it's a film about mob mentality, or somehow representing mass hysteria. It might feature a constant stream of detectives plunging off a cliff to investigate each other's deaths.

an Accidental Clue:
...because usually, criminals leave those lying around on purpose.

No, they'd have to mean it the other way...

I'm seeing an unlikely protagonist who stumbles across key evidence in a crime, strictly by chance. Perhaps he decides to play detective to impress a mysterious girl, who he is later forced to have arrested when he finally pieces something together with his mind and realizes that first clue was deliberately planted to lure him in, because he's the next victim.

And now I'm trying not to see that anymore.

Let's give that one the benefit of the doubt, and say it's a finely crafted mystery where nothing is what it seems.


the Flaming Clue:
The first image which came to mind was a poster for an old (imaginary, I hope) black and white movie called the Homophobic Detective, with the tagline "There's something in the closet."

Then I thought of Scooby and the gang in the deep south, pulling the hood off of a Klansman to reveal it was actually just some guy trying to scare people away. Shaggy wears blackface to lure him into their trap, and Fred exclaims "Look, guys. A clue!" when they come across a burning cross.

Finally, there's Steve Burns in his green and white striped shirt, wondering aloud why anyone would want to set fire to one of Blue's pawprints.

That all being said, I can't bring myself to actually picture this movie. The negated title says it's pretty slow and boring, though.
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