Think of The Blues Brothers as the original soul revival act -- beating Amy Winehouse to the punch by a couple of decades. While the fictional band's concept and impact has been watered down by time and some awful sequels, the original film's still great.
The deadpan comedy of John Belushi and Dan Aykroyd is a marvel, of course. So are musical sequences featuring Aretha Franklin, Ray Charles, Cab Calloway and James Brown.
The movie is musically affectionate and hilarious at the same time. It was released in June of 1980. There's been nothing like it since.
In association with AltDaily, The Naro in Norfolk is showing the movie tonight, July 20, at 9 p.m. To amp up the fun, a Blues Brothers tribute band will play just before the show and a replica of the brothers' Bluesmobile will be on display outside.
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