Comedy is hard to do, and harder to do right. Throw in music and you are just asking for trouble. Yet the Blues Brothers pulls it off with style.
First - Belushi and Aykroyd and at their best. Everything they do in this movie is perfect. Comic timing and delivery simply doesn't get any better. Same can be said for the writing. The original script written by Aykroyd would have been 5 or 6 hours long and had to be shortened. If only they could have filmed that. I suspect it would have been pretty damn amazing.
Second - Plot. It's so simple. There is nothing to the plot at all. And that works. With a plot that simple you almost can't have holes in it. You can't go wrong. Everyone can relate and understand it. I think in many cases where you are trying for comedy it's best to go simple. Look at good improv players. They keep things simple and yet rolling on the floor funny.
Third - Music. If you don't like blues music then obviously there is nothing here for you. If you do like the blues or are interested in checking it out then you are in the right place. Of course there are the "main attractions" Aretha Franklin, James Brown, Cab Calloway, Ray Charles and John Lee Hooker. All of them are great. But give credit as well to the Blues Brothers Band. Those cats are a who's who of session musicians that have played the blues. Don't be fooled, those are not actors. Those guys are the real thing. They have played with the greats in the world of blues music and everyone of 'em is a top musician.
Interesting fact - at the time it was filmed The Blues Brothers held the record for the most automobiles destroyed to make a movie.
This movie really has it all. It's fun and entertaining. It's not going to challenge your brain too much and that can be a good thing. Thinking is great, but sometimes ya just wanna have some laughes and not take life to seriously. When you feel the need to relax with friends and bust some smiles this is a movie you should consider. And while you are at it, discover the blues.
**** out of **** Whenever I sit down to watch "The Blues Brothers", I envision myself putting on the black sunglasses, suit, and fedora worn by its titular brothers. That is the unmistakable power of this piece of pure entertainment that creates for it a distinctive identity. The first time you watch it, the film might appear unspectacular or disappointing depending on what you've heard. But the more times I saw it, the more I loved it; and eventually it grew on me and now … more
It's hard to ignore the sad and conspicuous absence of the late John Belushi, but this long-delayed sequel to 1980'sThe Blues Brothersstill has Dan Aykroyd--as Chicago bad boy and blues rocker Elwood Blues--to keep the music alive. Once again, Elwood's trying to reunite the original Blues Brothers Band, and this time he's got a strip-joint bartender (John Goodman) and a 10-year-old orphan named Buster (J. Evan Bonifant) joining him at center stage. Believing that Elwood has kidnapped the kid, the cops are hot on his trail as the reunited band hits the road for the Battle of the Bands in Louisiana and the All-Star Blues Jam that ends the movie in a rockin' blaze of glory. It's a shameless clone of the first film, and nobody--especially not Aykroyd or director John Landis--seems to care that the story's not nearly as fun as the music that's used to stretch it out. Of course there's a seemingly endless parade of stunts, including a nonstop pileup of police cars that's hilariously absurd, but what really matters here--indeed, the movie's only saving grace--is the great lineup of legendary blues musicians. Aretha Franklin, James Brown, Junior Wells, Eric Clapton, B.B. King, Jonny Lang, Eddie Floyd, and Blues Traveler are among the many special guests assembled for the film, and their stellar presence makes you wonder if the revived Blues Brothers shouldn't remain an obscure opening act.--Jeff Shannon