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Blues Brothers 2000 (1998)
(2017 Reissue)


Starring: Dan Aykroyd, John Goodman, Joe Morton, J. Evan Bonifant, Aretha Franklin, James Brown, B.B. King and The Blues Brothers Band
Distributor: Fabulous Films Ltd / Fremantle Media Enterprises
RRP: £14.99


Certificate: PG
Release Date: 26 June 2017

Eighteen years after the Brothers’ original ‘mission from God’, Elwood Blues is getting out of prison and discovering that much has changed in the time he’s been away. His partner Jake is gone, his band is no longer together and the orphanage where he grew up has been demolished. Elwood soon realises that he must embark on a whole new mission - to assemble the old band, (this time with the help of a soulful bartender played by John Goodman), compete at Queen Moussette’s Battle of the Bands and set a wayward orphan named Buster on the path to redemption...

Blues Brothers 2000 is a comedy that's not very funny, not very big on story and not that well mapped out. However, where it does score big is in its impressive line up of Blues musicians who turn up to perform in the film's final act, not to mention the artists who pop up throughout the movie.

Forget the story (which actually makes little to no sense); ignore the film's logic (it suddenly introduces a bizarre sci-fi element for absolutely no reason whatsoever) and instead focus on the music and the huge car pile up scene.

It's a film that didn't really need making. If you're a fan of the original Blues Brothers movie then you're either going to love it or be annoyed that they've trampled over everything that was good about the first film. The Blues Brothers without John Belushi just doesn't work.


Nick Smithson

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