The Blues Brothers

Published September 10, 2011

The Blues Brothers

Film info

  • Title The Blues Brothers
  • Director John Landis
  • Year 1980
  • Run time 2hrs 13m
  • Genres Comedy, Action, Crime, Music
  • Tagline They'll never get caught, they're on a mission from God

Blues brothers Jake and Elwood (John Belushi and Dan Ackroyd) have sold their souls to rhythm'n'blues, but still lend a hand when the church orphanage in which they were raised is threatened with closure. Resolving to get their old band together and stage a fund-raising gig, the brothers have God on their side but everyone else against them | and that includes a bunch of Country and Western rednecks, an angry chapter of neo-Nazi thugs, the massed ranks of the Chicago police force, and Jake's psychotic ex-girlfriend Camille (Carrie Fisher).

Live Blog

Time Comment
1:01 That looks pretty grim. How could anyone live there?
2:20 Lots of footsteps, it’s like The Bill.
5:58 They are really building up this character by waiting six minutes to show his face. Hope he’s worth it.
8:32 You can buy old police cars? Cool!
13:02 Who is this Penguin woman?
16:31 That’s actual James Brown!
22:09 The music in their car is always so loud, it’s hard to focus on what they’re saying.
24:59 Ooh, it’s so Thelma and Louise.
26:23 There’s a Toys R Us!
27:53 That’s quite a lot of destruction.
31:34 Princess Leia just shot at the Blues Brothers with a rocket launcher. What kind of crazy film is this?
35:07 That must be the worst place to live, ever.
42:59 Elwood is a great name. I like it.
44:19 Saying we’re on a mission from god doesn’t seem to be convincing anyone.
47:54 What the…
51:57 Ahh, I should have said “Say whaaat?”



I’ve not seen this one before, and whilst I’m aware of some of the Blues Brothers folklore - mostly the black suits and sunglasses, to be honest - I really don’t know much about it. The trailer didn’t particularly inspire me, but it’s been recommended to me so many times, I can only give it a shot.

You’re all going to hate me, I know it. Before we started, I asked Mr C if he would be mad if I didn’t like it. He said: “I’ll be mad if you give it anything under a three.”

But then we were watching, and we watched for an hour, and I just wasn’t getting it. It was weird, it was slow paced, if there was humour there it was very sporadic, and good grief, if I heard: “We’re on a mission from god” or “We’re getting the band back together” one more time, I was going to explode.

I’m afraid to say it, but I was just totally bored. We switched off at the hour mark. I am ready to take the hate for this.

Rating: Unrated.

Rating: Unrated

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