All the successful “advertising man” Neil Page needed was to be home in time for Thanksgiving. It was so easy: buy a plane ticket, take a comfortable flight back to his native Chicago, and sit down with his family for Thanksgiving in the evening.
But what happened was that it turned out to be a monstrously difficult task. The journey home will be the most incredible adventure of his life for Neil!
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‘Come to think of it, it was kind of easy to get that cab…’
“Planes, Trains & Automobiles” is one of the singular American comedies in which the humor can be anything, but not vulgar and cynical, as it is common nowadays. Good comedies come out every year, but ones that are memorable forever after the first viewing are a rarity. This film, with the superb ‘Candy Martin’ acting duo, is one of them. In an hour and a half the main characters get into so many funny situations and do it so easily that it becomes even sad now – Hollywood is no longer capable of such things in the 21st century.
The plot, besides the actors, is the strongest point of this comedy. Neil Page, a successful advertising executive, had ‘bad luck’ with a cab when he was late for his flight. But that’s nothing compared to the man who keeps him company on the way home – the garrulous, good-natured jolly man, Del Griffin, played by John Candy, takes Neil through ‘seven rounds of hell’ as he tries to get to Chicago by any means possible – plane, train, car. You can’t count the number of funny moments here, the characters are funny every minute with mere facial expressions, not to mention the way the funny fatso Griffin ‘gets’ Paget everywhere he can.
Also, ‘Planes, Trains & Automobiles’ in a way can be seen as a light drama. The film is about the fact that there can be nothing more important than family in any person’s life, and besides, there are always people who remain human in any, the most ridiculous situation. Without all of the pathos and snooty cynicism that turns us into pathetic, closed minded individuals. It depends on one’s taste, but it’s a good movie, because it makes you laugh and think about unchanging values. Steve Martin has a lot of completely different comedies, both great and not so great. But in John Candy’s oeuvre, there hasn’t been one where you can look at his kind, open-minded characters without smiling. ‘Planes, Trains & Automobiles’ is probably the best.
Codec: HEVC / H.265 (70.5 Mb/s)
Resolution: Native 4K (2160p)
HDR: Dolby Vision, HDR10
Aspect ratio: 1.78:1
Original aspect ratio: 1.85:1
English: DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1 (48kHz, 24-bit)
English: Dolby Digital 5.1
Spanish: Dolby Digital Mono (224 kbps)
Spanish: Dolby Digital 2.0
German: Dolby Digital 2.0 (224 kbps)
French: Dolby Digital 2.0 (224 kbps)
Italian: Dolby Digital 2.0 (224 kbps)
Portuguese: Dolby Digital Mono
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