Monday, February 22, 2010

Movie of the Week - The Blues Brothers

This week’s movie is The Blues Brothers (1980).

The film is about two brothers that must put their band back together and do a big show to raise money to save the orphanage that they grew up in, all while avoiding the police, the Illinois Nazis and the Good Ole Boys. The film is an excellent melding of comedy and music, featuring performances by James Brown, Ray Charles, Aretha Franklin, and others. The film stars John Belushi and Dan Aykroyd (and is probably the best of their joint films), with funny cameos from John Candy, Henry Gibson and Carrie Fisher. The film was written by Aykroyd and director John Landis, who made this in his prime as (likely) the best comedy director in Hollywood (at the time). What makes the film great is the music, the zany comedy, the epic scale of the film itself, the car chases – really the film is just loads of fun. Check out the trailer.

The Blues Brothers [DVD]

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