Can Saint Elwood and Saint Jake Be Far Behind?
By Chris Kavan - 06/19/10 at 09:37 AM CT
When Dan Aykroyd as the cool and collected Elwood Blues uttered the famous line "We're on a mission from God." for the first time, I bet he never thought it would end like this.
The Vatican has a very short list of films it approved for religious (Ben-Hur, A Man for All Seaons, Ordet, etc.), Values (The Bicycle Thief, Gandhi, Schindler's List, etc.) and Art (Wizard of Oz, Citizen Kane, Fantasia, 2001, etc). And now The Blues Brothers has been added to this distinguished group.
I'm not saying that's a bad thing - heck, Blues Brothers remains the greatest SNL adaptation, with one of the best soundtracks and a car chase scene that will never be beat. But as a Catholic masterpiece? I guess there is the revelation in the church, oh, and the scene where they get beaten by "the penguin" and cuss an awful lot.
Apparently folks at The Vatican feel that Jake's story, and his quest to get his band back together, echoes the sage of Jesus. I guess that's as good as any reason to nominate a classic comedy to Vatican-approved status.
Feel free to guess The Vatican's next move: what other films will make the cut?