Sunday, November 28, 2010

Saturday Night Live: The Best of John Belushi (2005)

For some reason the funniest people in the world seem to die way too young. The headlines of the last 30 years are filled with brilliant comics who went way too early. Andy Kaufman, Chris Farley and Sam Kinison were all gone by the age of 40. It's like there is a limit to the amount of laughs you can generate in a lifetime and those greats all went over their quota way too quickly while hacks like Carrottop are still allowed to roam the earth freely. John Belushi was an original in every way. Sadly, this meant he was also the one to start the "brilliant comics die to young" mythos. I was busting a gut until they showed the clip of him dressed as an old man in a graveyard reminiscing about being the last of his cast-mates alive. It got really eerie when he said that everyone thought he'd be the first to go. That he was the "live fast, die young and leave a good-looking corpse" type. How prophetic that turned out to be.

I was amazed at how well the clips in this collection (click here to add to your queue) held up after all these years. Sure, they look dated but you could just see the talent in the man's face. Even the silly skits that shouldn't be funny were hilarious because of the force of his personality. If you've never seen much of Belushi or the original SNL cast or even if you just want to reminisce you should definitely check this collection out first. You'll witness the brilliance of a legend.

The Standard 5:

Why is it in your queue? John Belushi is God.

Is it artsy? No.

Best thing about the movie? The Delicatessen Samurai chopping a tomato in half live.

What mood should I be in to watch this movie? Ready to laugh.

What rating did you give it on Netflix? 4 Stars.

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