Planes, Trains and Automobiles

By 23rd February 2008 No Comments

Steve Martin and John Candy make an excellent comedic team in this 1987 hit. Their chemistry is phenomenal as is their comic timing in this movie. I have to say both actors really do shine, as does director John Hughes, writer of the Home Alone series, who provides the superb directorial duties on this flick.

Neal Page (Steve Martin) is trying to get home for thanksgiving, this sounds like a simple thing to do, however a series of mishaps and unfortunate incidents occur leaving him stuck with the extremely annoying big mouth Del Griffith (John Candy). As the title suggests they attempt various forms of transport with little success and Neal reluctantly has to stick with Del throughout the trip due to more unfortunate but hilarious circumstances.

Planes, Trains and Automobiles’ simple plot is executed very well, not only are you laughing throughout the 89 minutes running time you also appreciate how surprisingly powerful the ending is portrayed. Obviously John Candy is no longer with us and unfortunately Steve Martin hasn’t made a good movie in years, so this is a great way to view a legendary double act in a hilarious film.