Saturday, March 31, 2012

Eat My Rotten Tomatoes: The Blues Brothers (1980)

Hey, let's introduce a new feature, shall we?  Yes, yes we shall.

This is simply called Eat My Rotten Tomatoes, a feature where I will watch one of my favorite movies of all time, and then look up the critics responses on Rotten Tomatoes.  Basically, what this will boil down to is me yelling at imbecilic critics for giving my favorite movies a bad review.  HOW DARE YOU DEVALUE THE WORTH OF MY LIFE!!!  Plus, this gives me a forum to respond much longer and openly to critics on RottenTomatoes in a passive-aggressive Internet way that seems fun to maybe only me.  "Who cares?" you may ask.  Well, I do, so here we are.

The Blues Brothers (1980)
Starring: John Belushi and Dan Aykroyd

If you have never seen this movie, and like to laugh, you should watch it.  It's good.  THE BEST SNL inspired movie.  EVER.  PERIOD.  We can get into A Night at the Roxbury and Wayne's World (and probably Stuart Saves His Family if I ever watch it) one day, but not now.  It has everything.  Violence, humor, music... OH THE MUSIC!!!  If you hate everything about this movie, but like music, you will like this movie.  Aretha Franklin, James Brown, Ray Charles, Cab Calloway, the list goes on and on.  And that doesn't even include the Blues Brothers Band, which is solid in their own right.  And this is before the obvious celebrities were just there for a cameo and to collect a paycheck.  They actually play roles that move the story along (I know it's weird to say "celebrities" when referring to a major motion picture, but, for real, when put them up against the main characters of the film at that time, you can say "celebrities" and feel comfortable doing so).  It's wacky, yes, but that is the charm of the movie.  It's not supposed to necessarily be believable.  The Blues Brothers are on a "mission from God," and they go on a delightful quest to fulfill the mission objective.  It's a story of wish fulfillment, goal attaining, and human friendships/relationships all right there for everyone to enjoy.  It's not like films like Project X or Horrible Bosses in that something actually happens, there is a storyline, a point, and you don't find yourself saying "that's retarded" at something wild and outlandish.    IT. IS. AWESOME!

Alas, some pretentious critic-types think they are/were too good for the movie.  Here is their lame ass story.  (FYI: I only respond to the snippets, because, seriously, you and I have better things to do than read their full dumb comments).