A pair of brothers set off on a mission to find funds to keep their old orphanage open, only destroying half of Chicago in the process.
Jake Blues (John Belushi) had just got out of prison. His brother, Elwood (Dan Aykroyd) reminds him of the promise he made to the nun in charge of the orphanage where they grew up. They head over there only to find they are sent out to get $5000 or else the orphanage faces closure. The boys decide that they need the help of some old friends, and seeing as they are on a mission from God, that means no holds barred.
The Blues Brothers is a timeless classic that will surely continue to be remembered for years to come. Films just aren’t made this way anymore. You have to be doing really well to find a film with such wit, music and a cast full of some of the greatest stars that have ever lived and contributed to both the film and music industry. James Brown, Aretha Franklin and Ray Charles all have parts that allow them to bless this cult comedy with their musical touch. I genuinely believe that The Blues a Brothers is one of those films that can be watched over and over again with the same level of enjoyment as the first time you see it. It is, quite simply, a masterpiece.
Belushi as Joliet Jake is brilliant. He is so funny, particularly in the restaurant scene, and plays the unashamed ex-jailbird excellently. Aykroyd as Elwood is also fabulous, playing the square, ‘dry, white toast’ sort of guy very well. Both play their characters in wonderful conjunction with one another, and both roles really compliment each other.
As I’ve previously said, The Blues Brothers is dead funny, and has to power to stay as funny every time you watch it. However, the stand-out feature is the music. The reason it has become the iconic film is today is due to the delightful, feel-good soundtrack that has the power to bring everyone – from all walks of life – together. I don’t know what it is, but you could be a die hard horror fan, or an action-thriller loyalist and you could still easily sit down and watch The Blues Brothers thanks to songs such as Shake A Tail Feather, Everybody Needs Somebody To Love and Think. The soundtrack really pulls the whole film together and projects it from a good watch to something great, and appearances from music industry A-listers enhance this further.
Other than great comedy, fabulous music and an outrageous storyline, there is not an awful lot more to The Blues Brothers. It’s a feel-good film that you’ll walk out of feeling on top of the world after. If life is getting you down, take a couple of hours and watch this. I’m fairly certain you won’t regret it.