Kehr Capsule of the Week: The Blues Brothers (1980)

John Belushi and Dan Aykroyd star as two white boys who love nuns, blacks, and the blues. But for all of the dramatic focus on poverty, the subject of John Landis‘s mise-en-scene is money—making it, spending it, blowing it away. The humor is predicated on underplaying in overscaled situations, which is sporadically funny in a Keaton-esque way but soon sputters out through sheer, uninspired repetition. With Ray Charles, John Lee Hooker, James Brown, Cab Calloway, and Aretha Franklin, who steals the show singing a song in a diner.

Follow-up – Kehr’s July 2011 New York Times review of Blues Brothers and Animal House: Continue reading “Kehr Capsule of the Week: The Blues Brothers (1980)”

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