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Directed by: Chris Columbus
Starring: Macaulay Culkin, Joe Pesci & Daniel Stern
Whenever you mention Home Alone to anyone it’s guaranteed to bring a smile to their faces. It’s just one of those films that’s stood the test of time and will continue to live on from one generation to another. The term ‘timeless classic’ is most appropriate here. As you can tell, I have very fond memories of this film, so it’s pretty obvious that I’m going to give this a high rating, but in the meantime, let’s go back in time to 1990 and remember what made this so great.
Eight year old Kevin McCallister (Culkin) is a trouble maker. He feels as though he’s the runt of the family and he’s constantly overlooked in favour of his many brothers and sisters. After acting up the night before a family trip to Paris, Kevin’s mother makes him sleep in the attic as a punishment. After the McCallisters leave the airport without Kevin, he awakens to an empty house. He eventually comes to the conclusion that he’s ‘Home Alone’. His dream has come true! The joy is short-lived when he discovers that two burglars (Pesci & Stern) target his house, and he must protect the family home at all costs!
This is still an amazing film. It still stands up today and will continue to do so for many years to come. What I like most about Home Alone is just how unique it is. There isn’t another movie to compare it to; in short, it’s in a league of its own. The success was phenomenal and Macaulay Culkin became a household name, he’ll always be the greatest child actor of all time, in my eyes. His career seemed to disappear just after Richie Rich!
This movie is loaded with a ton of funny moments, too many to choose from! Right off the bat, the booby traps Kevin sets up are very creative yet very painful like this one where Joe Pesci sets off a blowtorch which sets his scalp on fire and Joe’s face was hysterical. It just feels so fresh no matter how many times I’ve seen it. Now the spider scene has got to be one of my favourite movie scenes of all time. Marv’s (Daniel Stern) screams are guaranteed to make me explode in hysterics. It’s worth noting that Stern isn’t actually screaming in that scene as it may scare the spider. Instead, it was added in post-production.
Every film has that one line which is quoted all the time. For Home Alone, it’s got to be “Merry Christmas, you filthy animal!” Every Christmas, without fail, that quote always gets mentioned.
There’s this one character, Old Man Marley, who I think is an interesting character. He used to scare me shitless as a child, with his piercing stare and shovel, but he is a sympathetic character. You do feel sorry for him because of the lies Buzz, Kevin’s older brother, tells him.
Joe Pesci and Daniel Stern are the perfect match for each other. They have quality chemistry and just bounce off each other. You can tell that the majority of the scenes involving them are ad-libbed.
If you haven’t seen Home Alone, what the fuck is wrong with you? Go and watch it this instant! It’s probably one of the best Christmas movies ever.
Rating: **** (Champion)