Monday, November 29, 2010

Planes, Trains & Automobiles Revisited

I bought a DVD box-set filled with ten films from the 1980s the other day and one of the main reasons behind this purchase was the inclusion of Planes, Trains & Automobiles - one of the best films made in that era.

I grabbed my nephew and got him to sit and watch it with me on Saturday evening with the promise that he would like it with the claim 'this was one of my favourite films when I was your age.'

It was still as funny today as it was when I first watched it and my nephew seemed to enjoy it just as much. He was laughing out loud at times.

John Candy and Steve Martin were matched so well together. I don't think any comedy pairing since this movie has the magic that Candy and Martin had.

The end made tears well in my eyes. It always does. I don't really know if it's because I feel sorry for John Candy or Del Griffith. It's been a haunting ending for me ever since Candy died in real life.

I read that John Candy was always down on himself after making films. Apparently, he felt he didn't do as good as he wanted. It's such a shame that he felt like this because he was magnificent in this role and many of the others that I spent my childhood watching.

This is definitely the best film Steve Martin has appeared in. I've been down on many of his recent movies but this one was his greatest.

In one collaboration, they became the Stan Laurel and Oliver Hardy of the '80s.

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