The Blues Brothers (1980)

“It wasn’t a lie… it was just bullshit”.

Weaving a story utilising Dan Ackroyd and John Belushi’s existing stage band (the band in the film were members of the ‘real-life’ band) and under John Landis’ brash direction, The Blues Brothers is over-the-top exuberant fun. Everything is done to excess – the comedy is broad (“Sell me your children!’), the music infectious (church parishioners jump twenty feet into the air) and the car chases extreme (why have a car chase with two police cars when you can use 200?). 

I can’t help but get the impression that everyone involved in the making of this film had a great time and it shows on screen. Even if you’re not a fan of the comedy, the music alone is worth your attention. Landis utilises some real legends of American rhythm, blues and soul: James Brown, Ray Charles, Aretha Franklin, Cab Calloway, John Lee Hooker et al.

Hollywood doesn’t seem to make films like this anymore. Sure they make comedies, they just don’t make films this fun.

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