The Blues Brothers

     The Blues Brothers – “We’re on a mission from God.”  Absolutely an iconic movie from 1980.  Dan Aykroyd & John Belushi are at their best taking their Saturday Night Live skit and making a blockbuster movie out of it.  That’s why they keep making SNL skits into movies to this day.  Of all of those movies, this is probably the best.  With cameos from the blues greats…Cab Calloway, Aretha Franklin, Ray Charles, James Brown, and John Lee Hooker, the music in this film is the best rockin’ blues you can find.  This action, musical comedy has everything you could want…including Carrie Fisher of Star Wars fame providing the psychotic jilted lover throughout the film.

The plot is that Jake Blues (John Belushi) is being released from prison only to find everything in disarray by his brother.  He and his brother, Elwood Blues (Dan Aykroyd), visit the old Catholic orphanage where they were raised by nuns.  They discover that the church has stopped its support and it will be sold in 11 days if the taxes aren’t paid.  As part of their redemption, they decide to put their blues band back together and put on a big show to raise the money.  Well, good intentions go wrong and they make enemies every which way they turn from cowboys, Nazis, and every police agency in existance.

This movie is fun from start to finish….comedy, drama, action, and the best music you’ll ever hear from blues legends neatly incorporated into the film.  These guys epitomize the word “COOL” and you’ll be wanting some cheap sunglasses after watching the film.  It’s got blues, rock’n’roll, and even a little country mixed in and follows that up with high speed car chases to keep the action rolling.  Rated 85% at Rotten Tomatoes and 4.5 stars at, this movie is under-rated primarily due to non-movie related complaints.  This is a must have for any movie collection.  However, please ignore and never watch the sequel, Blues Brothers 2000, which is terrible.  Although they tried, you can’t recapture the magic of Dan Aykroyd and John Belushi had in 1980 by inserting John Goodman and some silly kid into the mix.  The original is an icon of film.  The sequel is pure garbage.

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