Today is a solemn day for an entire nation of people who loved the decade that brought us the age of John Hughes films. By now it's no secret that an icon of a generation passed away at the young age of 59.
I'm not going to prattle on about the intricacies of his screen writing process or directing ability. What I know is that he managed to put on screen what many of us felt as teens or adults. His amazing ability to portray the human spirit wasn't limited to teen angst.
In "Planes, Trains and Automobiles" Mr. Hughes manages to capture the adult side of human angst, loss, fear and longing to just be ... loved. The following youtube clips exemplify how easily one can go from riotous laughter to tear jerking confrontation.
Like no one else, at the end of the film Hughes is able to encapsulate what's important in life. Though considered predictable for a happy ending, isn't that what we all want anyway? Don't you want the good guy to get what he wants -- deserves -- in the end?
Thank you, Mr. Hughes, for giving us so many films that enveloped us and gave us hope to dream and believe in who we are as we are. Because through you we felt comfortable being The Rebel, The Princess, The Basket Case, The Athlete and The Brain.