Dan Aykroyd, John Belushi, James Brown, Aretha Franklin, Carrie Fisher, Ray Charles
John Landis, Dan Aykroyd
I love the opportunity to review a film where I simply don't have to go into a great explanation regarding the film. It seems like most people have seen this film, and the rest have heard of it. Of course, it's a brilliant vehicle for John Belushi and Dan Aykroyd and they have a field day here. It's hard to mention SNL films without snickering a little bit...but, this is one of the very few that works AND works well. The film is directed by John Landis, with writing credits for Landis and Aykroyd. Clearly, Aykroyd and Landis were in touch with the stars of this film and wrote a script that fits them perfectly. I truly can't imagine two other actors in these roles, further evidenced by the tepid sequel featuring Aykroyd and John Goodman. Of course, this is a musical comedy...so, it would completely suck if the music weren't solid. The music IS solid, and featuring the likes of Lou Marini, Steve Cropper, Cab Calloway, Aretha Franklin, Ray Charles and many others. There are guest appearances by Henry Gibson and Carrie Fisher, but the show clearly belongs to Belushi and Aykroyd. So, if I love this film so much why just a "B"? Quite simply, this film is a joy to watch but appears disjointed in places. It's the kind of film that sweeps you up in its fun, enthusiasm and energy but after repeated viewings you slowly start picking out its various flaws. These flaws aside, I still recommend this film. It's a true joy to watch these wonderful comic actors living within these characters.
© Written by Richard Propes
The Independent Critic