The Blues Brothers ★★★★★

An absolute classic from start to finish, The Blues Brothers manages to achieve high marks in multiple categories. It's a hilarious comedy, a dynamite musical, and a stupendous action flick all wrapped in one.

After doing several years in prison, Jake (Belushi) is finally released and rejoins his brother Elwood (Aykroyd). Their first order of business is to check in on the Chicago orphanage that raised them, but they find out it owes $5000 to the city or the doors will shut forever. With just 11 days to get the funds, Jake and Elwood decide to get their old band, The Blues Brothers, back together.

There's not a single moment of downtime in the film, and every line feels important to the final product. Nearly all of the performances are spectacular, and getting some stellar guest musical talent (James Brown, Aretha Franklin, Ray Charles) is a huge plus, too. The film is also side-splitting from start to finish—many times attributed to the deadpan way in which the Blues brothers handle the over-the-top situations thrown at them.

It's also an incredible action film with some of the best car chases in cinema. I think I read online that over 100 cars were totaled in the creation of the film, and it's extremely easy to see why.

If you haven't seen it before (or even if you'd just caught bits and pieces on TV), give it a watch. It's a classic for a reason, and it's still as entertaining and hilarious as it was 35 years ago.