Blues Brothers 2000
Reviewed by Nathan Johnston
Rating: 8.5 Beans
f it wasn't for the music I would have walked out on this movie. Why can't people let good things go? Why must they try to milk any sucessful movie for all its worth and almost destroy the genius of the original? To make matters worse in this case it was the makers of the original Blues Bros. that are responsible for this terrible, terrible sequel. My opinions of John Landis and Dan Aykroyd have both plummetted to subterranean depths, they should be both beaten with a blunt instrument of your choice for this effort.
This movie is almost a carbon copy of its original, which is what makes it so unbelievably bad. I mean come on how stupid did Landis and Aykroyd think we are (obviously stupid enough to pay money to see this movie, another thing to add to my long list of regrets). Who wants to see a movie that is absolutely no different from the original movie? I mean fair enough, you have to keep a fair few elements from the original, but they could have at least added a few twists and differences to keep the audience interested.
For christs sake it was the same movie down to the black cop that chases them throughout the movie... but he became part of the band when he 'saw the light' which makes it new and innovative, puhleeze. Then you have the Illinios Nazis... oops sorry Russian Mafia chasing the band. After that there are more Nazis... oops, sorry a southern militia group chasing behind the first group of Na... sorry, the Russian mafia, gee that just smacks of originality. However the biggest rehash was the sister from the original replays her scene and beats the crap out of Elwood (Aykroyd) when he swears, not even John Belushi's presence could have made that scene funny second time around. Oh and I almost forgot there is almost an exact replay of the 'Rawhide' scene from the original, except that they play in an open air concert and (shock horror) its the cops and not the band they stole the gig from that chase them away from the show... and its even got some really cheesy special effects thrown in to make it even more different OOOHHH!
That brings us to the 'new' stuff. I bet Landis and Aykroyd knew how unoriginal the film was and thought 'okay lets put a kid in the movie and play on the cute angle, that'll work'. Well, that hasn't been done before. This was a truly sickening sight, having a bloody kid dancing around trying to look oh so cute and nothing else... that's it. Oh sorry, Elwood takes him under his wing and tries to be a figure the kid can look up to, and thus providing the 'moral story' for the movie. Such an obvious attempt to try and get parents to take their kids to the movie is an insult of the worst kind. The sad thing about it is that it actually worked on some people who were laughing at everything the little ankle biter did.
Finally, where on Earth did Aykroyd get that voice from??? It sounds as though someone has shoved a poker up his arse and its come out of his mouth so he has to talk through his nose. It was downright painful to listen to. I would rather have someone drag their nails down a chalkboard. God help anyone who actually does speak like that in real life... have an operation. All in all you are better off having an operation without anesthetic than to sit through this poor poor poor movie.
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