What's a little startling about this movie is that all of this works. The Blues Brothers cost untold millions of dollars and kept threatening to grow completely out of control. But director John Landis (of “Animal House”) has somehow pulled it together, with a good deal of help from the strongly defined personalities of the title characters. Belushi and Aykroyd come over as hard-boiled city guys, total cynics with a world-view of sublime simplicity, and that all fits perfectly with the movie's other parts. There's even room, in the midst of the carnage and mayhem, for a surprising amount of grace, humor, and whimsy.
If Universal had made it 35 years earlier, The Blues Brothers might have been called Abbott & Costello in Soul Town. Level of inspiration is about the same now as then, the humor as basic, the enjoyment as fleeting. But at $30 million, this is a whole new ball-game.
There are parts of The Blues Brothers that would have played infinitely better with a knock-about feeling, a sloppiness like that of "Animal House." As it is, the movie is airless. The stakes needn't have been so suffocatingly high.
Landis seems no surer of his visual style than he does of his movie's tone, so he tries everything: shots angled from a dog's-or a god's-eye view, eerily lighted special effects, more dancers, more extras, more noise, more cars and car crashes. Alas, more is less, and The Blues Brothers ends up totaling itself.
The cult classic with one of the best if not best score in movie history. They got so many great artist (some would say legends) like Aretha Franklin, John Lee Hooker, Big Walter Horton, James Brown, Ray Charles and more. There is no movie that can easily compare. Also there are the songs performed by the Blues Brothers themselves which gave an awesome performance and are a welcome addition to the score. But it does not end here. They took also great effort in delivering an entertaining story, great humor, remarkable quotes and create characters you never forget. I wont spoil any of the former parts because I believe this is a movie you should experience yourself. The combination of Director John Landis and the chemistry between John Belushi / Dan Akroyd is pure gold. I will say the quote “Movies like this will not be made anymore” is a fitting description. Overall this is a must see movie with a must listen soundtrack you need to own for your collection. Special warning: Blues Brothers 2000 is the worst sequel I know (except the score) and the only movie that destroyed the prequel. Yes, that is possible (I couldn't believe that was even a thing before. Though only extreme fanboys say something like that). If you watched it you will know what I mean.
Alright, well, here this goes. No, I didn't really like "The Blues Brothers." And that's okay. I don't have to like every movie widely regarded as a classic of the American cinematic arts. In fact, I can plainly see why this one is so sweepingly adored. The infectious dance numbers, the joy-inducing cameos, the bombastic set pieces. It's all fairly enjoyable and - in fact - I enjoyed a lot of it. It's just that, even though there's a general throughline here, there's also this episodic nature to the majority of the second act that didn't really dazzle me in any way. Jake and Elwood have to go to X place and get X person to do X, they do it, and then have to go to X place and get X person to do X as well. It's all too piecemeal for my tastes. But, again, there's still a lot here to be enjoyed and "enjoy" I did (for the most part).