Blues Brothers, The

Reviewed By Ryan Arthur
Posted 11/05/98 03:19:08

"White toast, please. Dry."
5 stars (Awesome)

"I'll have four fried chickens. And a Coke."

"Our Lady of Blessed Acceleration, don't fail me now!"

My God, I could quote this movie for days. I probably will, throughout the review, so don't be alarmed.

Invariably, you can turn on any of the Turner-owned cable movie channels or WGN in Chicago at any hour and find this movie running. Seriously. It's like a rule. Which is fine, because this movie kicks so much ass. If you haven't seen it yet (and surprisingly, I know a handful of people who haven't), then go out and rent it, plop yourself down on the couch with some popcorn and an orange whip ("Who wants an orange whip? Orange whip? Orange whip? Three orange whips!") and sit back and watch a movie where John Landis didn't embarrass himself, Dan Aykroyd was actually funny, and Ray Charles shot at a kid trying to steal a guitar.

Jake and Elwood Blues (John Belushi and Aykroyd) are two brothers, and the heads of the now-defunct Blues Brothers Band. Jake gets out of prison, and the two go back to the orphanage where they were raised. The orphanage will be closed unless back taxes can be paid, so Jake and Elwood decide to get their band ("THE BAND!") back together to raise money. Along the way, they get into numerous car chases, piss off a bunch of Illinois Nazis ("I hate Illinois Nazis") and are hunted down by Princess Leia. Throw in more musical numbers and cameo appearances than you can shake a tailfeather at, and this movie is damn cool.

Director John Landis would go on to make complete and utter crap (witness The Stupids), but this movie kicked ass. How often do you find a film with that many car chases AND musical numbers? This was also, without a doubt, the best movie Dan Aykroyd ever appeared in. He whored himself (and the character) out years later, with the whole House Of Blues phenomenon, but this movie makes you forget all that. The only other Belushi film with this kind of following would be National Lampoon's Animal House.

If you haven't seen it, get your head out of the sand and hunt this one down. If you have, watch it again.

"I ran out of gas! I got a flat tire! I didn't have change for cab fare! I lost my tux at the cleaners! I locked my keys in the car! An old friend came in from out of town! Someone stole my car! There was an earthquake! A terrible flood! Locusts! IT WASN'T MY FAULT, I SWEAR TO GOD!"

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