Blues Brothers 2000
Blues Brothers 2000 is a 1998 American musical comedy film that is a sequel to the 1980 film The Blues Brothers, written and produced by John Landis and Dan Aykroyd. Directed by Landis, the film stars Dan Aykroyd and John Goodman along with cameo appearances by various musicians. Blues Brothers 2000 received a mixed to negative reception by critics and fans alike.
Eighteen years after the original "mission from God", Elwood Blues (Dan Aykroyd) is getting out of prison and discovering that much has changed in the time he's been away. His partner, "Joliet" Jake Blues (John Belushi) and their surrogate father-figure Curtis (Cab Calloway) are both gone, his band is no longer together and the orphanage where he grew up has been demolished. Elwood soon realizes that he must embark on a whole new mission - to reassemble the old band, this time with the help of a soulful bartender, Mack McTeer (John Goodman), alongside Curtis' illegitimate son and cop Cabel Chamberlain (Joe Morton), compete at Queen Moussette's (Erykah Badu) Battle of the Bands and set a wayward orphan named Buster (J. Evan Bonifant) on the path to redemption. In the midst of the mayhem, he's got to prove to the police that there's magic in the music...and a mysterious method behind the Blues Brothers' madness.
Why It Sucks
- The title of the movie makes no sense, since it came out in 1998 and not the year 2000.
- Complete lack of story. In the first movie, the Blues Brothers were sent on a mission from God to help save the orphanage. In the sequel, they just try to bring the band back together for no reason. The ending wasn't sequel based either.
- Speaking of the first movie, the orphanage the Blues Brothers saved was demolished making the premise of the first movie feel like it was a vain attempt at redemption.
- The movie has a few concepts that don't make any sense:
- Why would the nun have Elwood mentor an orphan? In the first movie, she didn't trust Elwood and Jake, given the fact they were convicted felons.
- Some of the former band members have decent jobs but then they abandon them to reunite the band.
- Random musical numbers.
- It recycles many elements from the first movie.
- Cheap special effects; most notably during the Ghost Rider song.
- Awful humor.
- Atrocious editing. In one scene when the car flies over, it ends up passing a burning club twice.
- A very lame climax near the end of the film.
- The Blues Brothers band ends up losing the Battle of the Bands, making the whole process of reuniting the band pointless.
- No chemistry between the characters.
- Buster, the kid who joins Elwood, is a completely pointless character.
- Good soundtrack.
- Most of the cast members from the first movie returned to the sequel and a majority of musicians from the first movie returned to do new music, including newcomers such as the rock star Eric Clapton.
- John Goodman was pretty funny.
- A few funny moments.
- The film was dedicated in memory to John Belushi, John Candy and Cab Calloway who all starred in the first movie.
- John Landis had no interest in making the film. However, Dan Aykroyd expressed interest in making it.
- John Belushi's brother James was offered a role in the movie, but he turned it down due to scheduling conflicts involving his sitcom According to Jim.