Directed by John Landis (1980, USA, 148 minutes, English)
Belushi, R.J. Cutler’s new documentary available on Showtime offers a fresh look at one of the greatest talents in modern American comedy. Often overshadowed by the sadness of his very premature death, Belushi’s brilliance on the big screen is mostly remembered for Animal House. The following film he made with comic partner Dan Aykroyd and director John Landis is just as wonderful, only much bigger and it is a musical. Originated from a famous 1976 SNL sketch and a subsequent best-selling record, Landis’s film (co-written with Aykroyd) and the has brothers Jake and Elwood Blues on a “mission from God” to save the Catholic orphanage where they grew up. James Brown, Aretha Franklin, Cab Calloway and Ray Charles are among the amazing musical numbers. The film was in part credited to revive their careers at a time where disco had mostly supplanted rhythm’n blues on the charts. Blues Brothers also comes with “Illinois Nazis” and Carrie Fisher as “mystery woman”.
Blues Brothers can be watched on several streaming platforms among which are Peacock, you Tube and ITunes