The Blues Brothers

1980

Action / Adventure / Comedy / Crime / Music / Musical

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Rotten Tomatoes Critics - Certified Fresh 87%
Rotten Tomatoes Audience - Upright 93%
IMDb Rating 7.9 10 163323

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Carrie Fisher as Mystery Woman
Steven Spielberg as Cook County Assessor's Office Clerk
John Candy as Burton Mercer
James Avery as Man dancing outside Ray's shop
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Movie Reviews

Reviewed by Eric Stevenson 9 / 10

It's all real

I admit that the main reason this movie is so good is because of how literally real it is. When it shows them destroying the shopping mall, that is an actual shopping mall that's being destroyed. I remember learning about it on Wikipedia's list of unusual articles. It's the Dixie Square Mall which was abandoned before finally being demolished in 2012. All the car pileups that appear are real as well. You have to admire a film that goes that far for the sake of a joke.

Apart from that, I really did find myself caring for these characters and couldn't help but be engrossed at how cool they were. I love that this is such an all star cast. It makes me miss Carrie Fisher, but I'm glad to know her for roles other than "Star Wars". Tons of real life musicians appear. It's the awesome music and choreography that's a big part of what makes this movie so good. I love the random explosions. ***1/2

Reviewed by inapl5 10 / 10

16 STARS!

Unfortunately a software bug in the IMDB code doesn't allow me scoring 16 stars instead of just ten, for this epic movie... And I must say that really I never tried to score more than 10 stars here on IMDB, simply because no movie ever reached such a level, IMHO! The BB is simply a perfect cocktail that cannot be judged with the standard criteria of other movies, it's a magical mixture of musical giant performers, extraordinary comic storyboard, really incredible comic situations and irresistible characters able to produce an over the top legendary experience. This movie belongs to a sort of celestial sphere, well above the so many perfect packages that Hollywood delivered. Technnically The BB shows many "flaws" and imperfections, even in the editing, but these do not reduce in any way the extraordinary audio-visual & on-soul impact. After watching and loving the movie, we'll discover that Jake and Elwood are really a part of ourselves, they are ourselves with the full load of energy and positive vision towards the live that we (should) have! I've seen The BB many times, the first two in the Italian Cinema, in 1980, where people really was becaming crazy for it, and when I watch at it again now, I don't see a movie getting older but, on the contrary, a fresh, young, and vivid story of the best we have into our souls. And supplied with a firework of overwhelming joy and memorable blues music. A suggestion: if you own the DVD (everybody should have it), watch at the bonus content that will tell you a lot about what's behind this extraordinary movie!

Reviewed by bankofmarquis 8 / 10

An homage to the Blues

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 BROTHERS

This 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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