Today is the 30th anniversary of the release of The Blues Brothers. This movie is my top all-time favorite. I can watch it repeatedly for hours, quote every line, sing every song. One of the highlights of my wedding reception was having EVERYONE going nuts on the dance floor while the entire 12min 46 sec rendition of “Sweet Home Chicago” played.
While this movie showcases talented comedic actors and fantastic rhythm and blues musicians, it also brings to life the cit of Chicago itself. From the over-the-top car chases on Lower Wacker Drive to the finale crashing into in the Daley Center, this movie brings Chicago home to me. Having been in exile for most of my adult life from the city I love, I will always identify myself as from Chicago and will always think of it as my “Sweet Home.”
Thanks, Jake and Elwood.