Saturday, July 7, 2012

A ROTTEN TOMATO: The Blues Brothers

Oh "The Blues Brothers", what a disappointing film. This movie started out with a good premise, but really went over the edge with its campiness. Overall, the humour fails because there isn't much grounding in reality. The situations are just too implausible and often downright wacky. As I was watching this film, I was reminded of the recent "The Muppets" movie, as it follows an almost identical story-line. However, "The Muppets" works because the viewer has a pre-existing fondness for the characters. In this film however, the title characters really aren't that endearing (it doesn't help that their eyes are covered by sunglasses through the entire film) and in the end you really do want them to get arrested. Furthermore, I just don't buy these "Blues Brothers" as successul R&B artists. I wished they had casted actors who could actually bring some soul. Especially when you pair them with real R&B legends James Brown, Ray Charles and Aretha Franklin, they just came across like a bunch of fakers. I really wanted to like this film, but I just couldn't.

This film is a part of my List of Shame.