Thursday, November 09, 2006

Number 10 - Blues Brothers 2000

Nowhere near as good as the original but makes up in good links to the original Blues Brothers ("They broke my watch") and by a sensational list of cameo roles (incl. Aretha Franklin and James Brown). Of course there is the music, great blues music frequently through the film as well as a bit of gospel and bluegrass. The absense of John Belushi is notable and John Goodman does a fair effort but his character of Mighty Mack McTeer will never come close to Jake Blues. Dan Ackroyd is good and it is great to the full Blues Brothers Band back (Alan "Mr Fabulous" Rubin, Steve "The Colonel" Cropper, Donald "Duck" Dunn, Willy "Too Big" Hall, Tom "Bones" Malone, "Blue" Lou Marini, Matt "Guitar" Murphy and Murphy Dunne). However, what makes this film into the top 10 is the Louisina Gator Boys. The line up of this band at the end is incredible and shows the influence that the first film had. Stars include Issac Hayes, Dr. John, B.B. King and Eric Clapton. This is a film that has made the top 10 through legacy rather than as a film of its own merit, having said that it is enjoyable. The notable star of the show is J. Evan Bonifant who aged 13 plays a fantastic Buster Blues.


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