THE BLUES BROTHERS (1980)
It surprises me how many people haven't actually seen John Landis' The Blues Brothers. While it may not be a cinematic milestone, it is one of the most fun film experiences I've ever had. A musical action comedy? You don't run across those very often. The story- about a pair of hoodlum brothers using their musical talent to save the orphanage where they grew up- is really just an excuse for lively musical numbers and vehicular carnage. And yet, in its own way, it's kind of sweet. Jake and Elwood never seem like bad guys, though their first instinct tends towards the criminal. They never really mean to hurt anybody; they often waltz through scenes blissfully unaware that they've done something wrong. And those few moments when they do seem to know, they are able to rationalize away by claiming that they're on "a mission from God." In a way, the Blues Brothers are like big kids; causing trouble, but with loyalty and love for each other. Jake and Elwood's casual way of relating to each other- even in the midst of total carnage- seems completely familial, and we eventually get a sense that, throughout their entire lives, they've only ever had each other. They enjoy these adventures; they know that, no matter what happens, they're in it together. And we're right there with them, excited that they're letting us tag along.