Blues Brothers 2000 (1998) – Review

1 1/2 Stars

Blues Brothers 2000 hit screens 18 years after the first film became a celebrated cult classic with mainstream appeal. The peculiar charm of the original and the absurd shenanigans of stars John Belushi and Dan Aykroyd are totally absent in this dull and excruciatingly bad follow-up to one of the most iconic films of the 1980s. Aykroyd goes it alone and his famous pal/co-star is sorely missed throughout. John Goodman has been cast as a semi-replacement for Belushi but Goodman doesn’t seem to make an impact on the film nor any comedic contributions.

After completing an eighteen-year sentence, Elwood Blues (Dan Aykroyd) is paroled from prison. Having learned nothing from the events of the first Blues Brothers movie and despite the absence of his late brother, Jake (John Belushi), Elwood sets out to reassemble the Blues Brothers Band to help a wayward orphan (J. Evan Bonifant), while attempting to convince a skeptical sheriff (Joe Morton) that he’s a long-lost kin to Jake and Elwood. Along the way, he enlists bartender “Mighty” Mack McTeer (John Goodman) to fill in for Jake and jams with James Brown, Aretha Franklin, Eric Clapton, B.B. King and Blues Traveler.

Blues Brothers 2000 is D.O.A. but the film runs over two hours. The energy level of the picture starts at zero and never revs up. This film has to be the most lethargic musical/comedy in the history of the genre. Despite the many famous cameos and concert interludes, Blues Brothers 2000 isn’t entertaining nor memorable. In fact, all that Aykroyd and original collaborator John Landis have done is to produce a cash grab sequel that only tarnishes the legacy of that seminal original film.

Director: John Landis
Stars: Dan Aykroyd, John Goodman, Joe Morton

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