Starring: Dan Aykroyd, John Belushi, Carrie Fisher
Directed by: John Landis
Written By: Dan Aykroyd, John Landis
Rating: R (US) Running Time: 2 hr 13 min
I think it’s a modern day classic and I have an affection for it to the point that I may consider it my favourite comedy and musical and road movie and also possibly the best chase scenes (there are many). So it’s in my top ten due to its infinite watchability, quotability and how it always cheers me up! Ackroyd and Belushi create an unforgettable duo and the music is superb. Many blues and soul artists get their careers restarted and there are many great small roles for other famous comedians and a great cameo by Steven Speilberg. It still amazes me how this film got made and the scales it reached. It’s expensive and destructive and brash. The film ambles along in a loose meandering style and just gets bigger and crazier. The finale has so many law enforcers and extras it boggles the mind how they got away with it considering the films flimsy premise. From Saturday Night Live warm up act, to on screen band, the Blues Brothers get enshrined here into movie lore.
If you haven’t seen this it may be because you think it’s old and is filled with dull blues music. You’ll be wrong, do yourself a favour and see it! You will like the music and love the humour. The film is like a series of comedy sketches and music videos with car chases and stuff getting smashed up. It’s just never dull. Over 30 years later – it still entertains.
Best viewing format:
Big and Loud! The Blu Ray version is best as it’s an extended cut and has a lovely DTS soundtrack.
Best element for me:
There are too many to mention, but every time Carry Fisher turns up and tries to kill the brothers the film transforms into superb cartoon craziness.