**** 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
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 … more
Born in Wausau Wisconsin. Move at an early age to Ventura California and lived for 8 years. Growing up in a big city landscape didn't prepare me for my next move: Archbold Ohio with a population of … more
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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