Thursday, November 26, 2020

Planes, Trains And Premeditated Murder

Last night I had my annual Thanksgiving viewing of John Hughes' classic Planes, Trains And Automobiles.


If you've not seen the film, it's about uptight marketing executive Neal Page, who's desperately trying to make it home in time for Thanksgiving. Unfortunately he runs into Del Griffith, an overly friendly shower curtain ring salesman whose good intentions inadvertently thwart Neal's travel plans at every turn.

All through the film, Del totes an enormous steamer trunk wherever he goes.

The trunk's so ubiquitous and such a big part of the story that it's practically a character itself!

The trunk's apparently quite heavy (hmmm..), and Del constantly manages to guilt Neal into helping him carry it.

It struck me this year that this lighthearted comedy takes on a much different tone if you imagine that all through the movie, Del's trunk actually contains the body of his late wife Marie! 

You'll never watch it the same way again! You're welcome!

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