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Friday, August 31, 2012

The Blues Brothers

     Where to even begin with "The Blues Brothers"?  It's just about as perfect of a movie as there ever could be.  Everything about this movie works.  Dan Akroyd and John Belushi, for one.  I cannot imagine anybody else in these roles.  They were born for these characters.  The script is wickedly sharp and witty. There are lines wizzing past here that Groucho Marx himself would heartily approve of.  It's got one of the greatest car chases in film history. Not to mention countless car crashes, and the utter and astonishing destruction of an entire mall.  It's a madcap mix of hilarious comedy, mind-blowing action scenes, out-of-this-world musical numbers, unforgettable cameos- Aretha Franklin, Steven Spielberg, Twiggy, James Brown, Carrie Fisher (who steals the damn show!), John Candy, Cab Calloway,  Bill Murray... need I go on?  The plot is basically this- two brothers, one just out of prison (Belushi), are on a mission from God to save their childhood orphanage.  Seems simple enough.  But Mr. John Landis has plenty of tricks up his sleeve here.  This is truly a monumental piece of filmmaking.  It's really that good.

     "The Blues Brothers" has achieved legendary cult status, and is easily one of the most beloved comedies of all time.  It's epic comedy- director John Landis really tops himself here with the sheer spectacle of it all.  It's truly outrageous.  "The Blues Brothers" phenomenon is quite big. It's amazing that it all started as a 4 minute sketch on Saturday Night Live, and is arguably the most famous film ever adapted from an SNL skit.  It's a timeless comedy.  It's truly just as funny and fresh today as it was back in 1980.

      This film borders on genius.  It really does.  If you have not experienced "The Blues Brothers", I highly suggest you hightail outta here right now and rent it.  Because I honestly don't know how anybody couldn't be thoroughly entertained by this movie.  This is one that I can watch a hundred times and never get tired of it.  There is not a dull moment to be found anywhere in "The Blues Brothers"- a sad reminder of classic comedies.  It's gleefully destructive, exuberantly infectious.  It's impossible not to be one over by this movie.  That's really all there is to say about it.


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