The Blues Brothers
The Blues Brothers
R | 16 June 1980 (USA)
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Jake Blues is just out of jail, and teams up with his brother, Elwood on a 'mission from God' to raise funds for the orphanage in which they grew up. The only thing they can do is do what they do best: play music. So they get their old band together, and set out on their way—while getting in a bit of trouble here and there.


That was an excellent one.

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Although it has its amusing moments, in eneral the plot does not convince.

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The story-telling is good with flashbacks.The film is both funny and heartbreaking. You smile in a scene and get a soulcrushing revelation in the next.

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The movie turns out to be a little better than the average. Starting from a romantic formula often seen in the cinema, it ends in the most predictable (and somewhat bland) way.

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This review contains spoilers.The Blues Brothers is a feature length movie on a Saturday Night Live skit on two brothers leading a soul band. The movie begins following one of the brothers as one of them is released from prison and seeks to save an orphanage from being demolished. The Blues Brothers seeks to bring their band back together and undergo a tour to raise enough money. Along the way, the group has a series of adventures.The Blues Brothers is a fun and cool adventure. The movie has two great leads that propel the movie, Dan Akyroid and John Belushi. These leads are incredibly charismatic in their roles. The movie uses this to its advantage well by having these two characters have great dialogue. I was constantly entertained by listening to the comedy and watching the great sketches unfold on the screen. The movie has ridiculous and impossible scenes that become hilarious to watch. As the characters said, they are on a mission from God that seemingly grants them a pass from progressively ridiculous events. The movie is written to take the ridiculous approach to comedy and it works in this movie's favor.I was able to enjoy The Blues Brothers without watching any of the previous Saturday Night Live sketches. I would recommend this movie.

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The Emagine Willow Creek movie theater near me runs a monthly "Secret Cinema", hosted by a local movie critic.  You don't know what the film is until it starts but they alternate from a "Classic" (Citizen Kane, Singin' in the Rain) to a "Modern Classic" (Dr. Strangelove, Fargo).  So this month, the "Secret Cinema" was...THE BLUES BROTHERSThis John Belushi/Dan Ackroyd (directed by John Landis) joint from 1980 has grown in stature since it's debut 37 years ago and watching it with fresh eyes on the big screen (and 37 years older than my 19 year old self) has certainly given me a different appreciation of this film.Rather than this being an "above average" comedy, with some pretty good car chases and crashes, this film holds up as an homage to the great Blues talents of the past.  Ackroyd and Belushi were determined to get some of the greats on screen - and they succeeded.  Ray Charles and Aretha Franklin show up and "do their thing" - and they do it well.  But, for me, the highlight was seeing John Lee Hooker as a street musician and the great Cab Calloway doing "Minnie the Moocher" (hi- dee, hi-dee, hi-dee, hi), I am glad these performances have been captured for posterity.And...of course...the Blue Brothers Band is a "who's who" of Blues musicians of the time - "Blue Lou" Marini, Steve Cropper, Donald "Duck" Dunn and Matt "Guitar" Murphy were welcome sites and Ackroyd and Belushi more than held their own on the musical side of things - especially during my favorite musical number - the "Theme from Rawhide" number at the country bar.It's a good thing the music is good for the plot of this film is flimsy (at best) really just put together to get from musical number to musical number, populated with some fun cameos:  John Candy, Carrie Fisher, Artie Gibson (as a Nazi!), Kathleen Freeman, Frank Oz and even Steven Spielberg all get in on the fun, trying hard to keep up with Ackroyd and Belushi in their prime.Complementing this is some of the "funnest" auto chases and crashes in movie cinema history.  It is said that Director Landis has stated that this film sets the record for most cars crashed in a film - and I can believe it.  Car after car after car is demolished as the Brothers complete their quest.An interesting entry in the "Secret Cinema" series.  Certainly one that I wouldn't have chosen, but that's the beauty of this series - it forces me to revisit films on the big screen that I wouldn't normally check out. I can't wait for next month's entry.  In the meantime, check out THE BLUES BROTHERS on line (or watch for it to show up on cable - it is there often).Letter Grade:  right on the border between A-/B+8 (out of 10) stars and you can take that to the Bank (OfMarquis)

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The Blues Brother is a hilarious musical about 2 brothers who are in a band together. One of the brothers is released from jail and decides to get the old band back together. Claiming that they are on a mission from God, the 2 boys in suits go around looking for gigs. They are constantly getting themselves into trouble. The songs are hilarious, well-performed, and incredibly catchy.

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Smoreni Zmaj

Elwood - It's a hundred and six miles to Chicago. We got a full tank of gas, half a pack of cigarettes, it's dark, and we're wearing sunglasses.Jake - Hit it.20/10 for the movie ∞/∞ for soundtrackThose who still didn't see this movie (at least 10 times) should do it immediately, cause life is too short and you may lack time to see it few hundred times. And those who saw it and did not like it... nope, that kind does not exist... at least for me. The one and only - The Blues Brothers. There wasn't anything like this before or after this gem, not even close. This movie has everything - prison, drama, action, awesome car chases, one of the most exciting love stories ever shown on big screen, comedy, mass shooters, flame throwers and explosions. And on top of that, it has legendary casting - Carrie Fisher, Henry Gibson, John Candy, Twiggy, Frank Oz (Yoda), even Steven Spielberg - and without competition, THE VERY BEST SOUNDTRACK IN HISTORY OF CINEMATOGRAPHY. John Belushi and Dan Aykroyd are heavily supported by James Brown, Cab Calloway, Ray Charles, Aretha Franklin, Steve Cropper, Matt Murphy, Chaka Khan, John Lee Hooker. For this movie 10/10 simply isn't enough.

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