Planes, Trains And Automobiles — Movie Review #JPMN

Planes, Trains And Automobiles — Movie Review #JPMN


This John Hughes comedy-classic was released
the day before Thanksgiving in 1987, and was a huge hit, earning over $50 million at the
box office. Iconic funny men Steve Martin and John Candy star as a mismatched duo forced
to work together to survive the ultimate road trip from hell, as they attempt to make it
home to Chicago for Thanksgiving. With Murphy’s Law in full effect, Martin does an excellent
job portraying the arrogant, and impatient business man perpetually pushed to the end
of his rope, both by the ridiculously horrible circumstances he continually finds himself
in, and by Candy’s irritating antics. What makes this odd-couple pairing work however
is Candy’s marvelous performance as the good natured and lovable shower-curtain ring traveling
salesmen, who is so oblivious to his obnoxious behavior, it’s hard to fault the endearing
guy, defending himself by saying, “I’m the real article, what you see is what you get.”
Although the supporting cast includes familiar names and faces like Kevin Bacon, Dylan Baker,
Matthew Lawrence, and Ben Stein – most are reduced to quick punchlines, and remain largely
inconsequential. Stretching the bounds of believability, the 92-minute American adventure
bounces from one awful traveling disaster to the next… from grounded airplanes, to
broken-down trains, to having their rental car catches on fire; which results in perhaps
the movie’s funniest laugh-out-loud scene when Candy attempts to calmly dismiss officer
Michael McKean’s safety and legal concerns over their destroyed vehicle. Earning its R-rated
in a single, hilarious, F-bomb laced scene, this picture is otherwise a family friendly
story with noble themes of friendship, family, and not judging others by a first impression.
With some silly, and perhaps hammy dialogue, the original screenplay by Hughes is otherwise
very tightly constructed, despite ending with an abrupt emotional shift, and a rushed ending.
Technically and visually speaking, there’s nothing noteworthy with this picture, which
has held up extremely well over the years… except for its cheesy and overly synthesized
score from Ira Newborn, which is far too goofy to ever feel appropriate. The briskly paced
experience is a holiday staple, and the greatest reminder of how talented the late John Candy
really was… this is a delightful picture I love watching around turkey day. “Planes,
Trains And Automobiles”, “Brilliantly funny characters. Amusing situations.” Now let’s
see what you had to say about this picture in the Google+ comments. And our ratings are… a double EIGHT. Everyone
praised Martin and Candy’s performances, scoring the film a GREAT. Despite some story flaws,
I too loved the characters in this picture, and laugh every time I watch. It’s a GREAT
movie.