Directed by John Hughes
Sometimes I think I might hate Steve Martin. (There, I said it.) Especially over the past decade or so… after all, what has the man given us? Two horrible franchises and tepid Academy Award hosting performances. Like with Eddie Murphy, sometimes it’s hard to remember the good times when the bad times are all that’s left.
“Planes, Trains and Automobiles” is like finding a picture of an ex-lover years and years after you broke up, one that reminds you that despite how things ended, it had its moments, which is something that can never be taken away. In other words, “PTAA” is pretty damn fun. It’s a classic John Hughes film and has all the trademarks of such. It’s a film that speaks to the everyman and finds a way to relate to all of us. It might not be the funniest movie ever made, but what it occasionally lacks in laughs, it more than makes up for in heart. Both Steve Martin and John Candy play off each other in fantastic fashion and have great chemistry with one another. They manage to take characters who are placed in one outlandish circumstance after another and ground them, making us care for them and root for them. And whether sharing a laugh or tearing at each other’s throats, every action comes off as completely believable. Few people knew how to capture the Nuclear Family (whether growing up in it, or trying to run it) as well as John Hughes. And after watching this film, it’s pretty easy to understand why Steve Martin considers it his favourite film of his own.