Starring Dan Aykroyd and John Belushi, The Blues Brothers starts off with Belushi’s character getting out of jail. His brother is picking him up, in what is an old police car. The storyline starts up fairly quickly, once they decide it’s time to get the band back together to save the school at the church. However, the two run into a lot of problems while they are trekking across Chicago to find all the members of the band. 1) The Chicago police are after them because Elwood (Aykroyd) has a ton of traffic violations. 2) The Neo-Nazi group of Chicago is after them after the two drive through their protest and send them into the nearby lake/river. 3) Jake’s ex-girlfriend is trying to kill them because of how he treated her before going to jail.
By halfway through the movie, they have one more group after them, the bar owner where they play their first gig. Jake decides to “hi-jack” another band’s gig in hopes to keep his members happy. But when the bar owner says that they actually owe money, they start to run. So then we come to number 4) the bar owner and other band are after them as well.
To save the church school, the Jake and Elwood convince a large auditorium to host them in hopes to raise the money possible. With all the people chasing them, it’s pretty much going to be an ambush. The police are ready to arrest the brothers, but they aren’t giving up yet. On the run once more, a massive car chase starts as the two brothers try to get the money to the bank for the church. This is one thing that I just rolled my eyes at, the car chase. I mean, would the police seriously send 50 plus cars to chase after one? Of course, I’m sure this was all part of the “comedy” of this film. Flying off ramps and driving in shopping malls, all with the police right on their tail, and then them (the police) eventually crashing into other police cars and causing massive car pile ups. Again, I roll my eyes at this.
Regardless though, I found this film to be enjoyable. It wasn’t the type of comedic film that would make me cringe. Belushi and Aykroyd are great together, their characters were perfect and ever so slightly nonchalant about everything that is going on. Evading the cops and others ever so slightly to keep the movie interesting, but also ever so comedically for those who want to giggle a tad. And honestly I loved the music of the whole movie, especially when they are in the country bar and at the final auditorium. I’m going to give this film a “liked it” rating. I hadn’t seen this before, mainly because I didn’t know it existed, but I enjoyed watching it while stuck in my home for a day due to the flood. Thanks for the suggestion. Now I’ve got to go watch a movie I know I’m going to hate… wish me luck.
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