It’s that time of the year for Christmas month. Today, let’s look back at a beloved Christmas classic from the same guy who wrote The Breakfast Club, Ferris Buller, and other well known movies, comes a Christmas film about a young boy who’s accidentally left behind and he must defend his home from a pair of burglars. The plot I’m referring to, is Home Alone.
Home Alone was released in 1990. At the time of it’s release, the film received mixed reviews from critics and it made a lot of money at the box office. Overtime, the film eventually became an instant Christmas Classic. The film also spawned a sequel called Home Alone 2: Lost In New York with Macaulay Culkin, reprising his role as Kevin, and a critical clunker called Home Alone 3. The “third installment” however, didn’t feature Macaulay returning as Kevin. Not kidding, they replaced everybody from the first two movies. Especially Marv & Harry!
Home Alone also catapulted Chris Columbus’ career as an established filmmaker allowing him to direct more films including Mrs. Doubtfire, and the first two Harry Potter films.
The following review doesn’t contain any SPOILERS whatsoever. You’re okay to check it out, just so you know if you’ve never ever seen Home Alone.
Nice: Macaulay Culkin did a great job on his performance as Kevin McCallaster.
Joe Pesci & Daniel Stern, both did a hilarious job as a pair of bumbling home invaders. Their names are Harry & Marv, the main antagonists of the film.
Character Development involving Kevin, as he goes from a snarky no nonsense spoiled brat, to a nice kid with redeeming qualities who must defend his home.
Cinematography was shot perfectly without any technical difficulties.
Film Composer, John Williams, orchestrated the soundtrack to the film, filled with unforgettable tracks.
The late John Candy, (also a lifelong friend/collaborator of John Hughes) makes a prominent appearance.
There are funny moments that managed to give me a couple of laughs. Perhaps my favorite part is a movie-within-movie called “Angels With Filthy Souls.”
The Best Line in this film is, “Keep ya change ya filthy animal!”
The Traps that Kevin crafted felt creative, he’s like the precursor to Jigsaw from the Saw franchise. To put the icing on the cake, the crooks earned themselves really big boo boos.
Marv’s epic scream made me laugh so hard! I’m definitely gonna give him Bonus Points for screaming in agony!
Naughty: The film is surprisingly outdated like an expired driver’s license. Now that we’re living in The Apple Era, it would’ve been anti-climatic if Kevin owned an iPhone to call his parents and the plot of Home Alone would’ve never existed from beginning, middle, and end!
Product Placement featuring the following brands such as, Pepsi, American Airlines, Playboy, Junior Mints, Frito Lay’s, Kraft, Wonder Bread, Tide, and Budget.
An Optional Con for those who are big time arachnophobes like me, there’s a big spider in this movie.
The Final Verdict: B, AS IN BATTERY FULLY CHARGED!
Despite being outdated, I still enjoy the movie every time it’s Christmas month, I tend to watch Home Alone as a tradition during the month of December. If I were you, I recommend this movie by gathering your family members together as something to do with your kids, nieces, nephews, or grandkids. By the way, Home Alone 3 is considered non-canon.