Without John Hughes and his movies, the eighties would be a dull decade for film. I mean just think of a major film from that decade and you are certain to get nostalgic thinking of one of his. From The Breakfast Club to Ferris Buellers Day Off, Mr. Hughes crushed it and will forever take his place among the greats in the business.
A film in particular that I really enjoyed was Planes, Trains, and Automobiles. Probably not everyone’s favorite, but it stuck with me as one that I can watch again and again. The premise of the film follows two men (Steve Martin and the late, great John Candy) trying to get home for Thanksgiving. Martin’s character is sort of a stuck up and pompous elitist, where Candy’s is more of an annoying and oblivious idiot. The true greatness of the film, not unlike many of Hughes’ other works, is his ability to use dialogue and comedic timing to really make it funny.
John Hughes was a genius. There’s no doubt. The way he captivated his audience and left you just simply feeling better was his mark. He tapped into the pop culture of a generation and turned a strange time period into something funny and heartening. Like so many other giants, Hughes left this Earth too soon, passing away in 2009.