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The Blues Brothers (rewatch)

Posted by martinteller on August 6, 2011

Dan Aykroyd is now a UFO kook and John Belushi overdosed and left behind a crappy brother, but they did do one thing very, very right: they made The Blues Brothers.  Although there have been occasional (usually lame) attempts in the past 30 years, this is really the last great entry in the genre of musical comedy… and probably the only one to engage in such enthusiastic, rampant destruction.  It’s true that many of the jokes have lost their punch after some 15-20 viewings, and the movie is proof that just because you’re a great musician doesn’t mean you can act.  But it’s such a gleeful, exuberant, infectious film.  My heart leaps with joy when I watch it, particularly during the musical performances.  Never mind that it taps into 30-year-old nostalgia for me, it’s just wickedly fun from the opening stings of “She Caught the Katy” to the fading notes of “Jailhouse Rock.”  They don’t make them like this anymore.  Rating: Masterpiece


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