My Thoughts On… Home Aone

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Synopsis

An 8-year-old boy who is accidentally left behind while his family flies to France for Christmas must defend his home against idiotic burglars. (via IMDb)

What I Liked

  • So many people cannot believe that I haven’t watched Home Alone before now. For most people, it’s one of those essential Christmas films that they have grown up watching and loving. But my mum wasn’t a fan of Macaulay Culkin, so she didn’t take us to see it, and she didn’t buy it on video, and she never encouraged us to watch it on the television. So it’s little surprise that it has taken me until well into my adulthood to actually sit down and watch it! I was pleasantly surprised by how much I enjoyed it; it’s funny and warm and generally just a perfect film for Christmas!
  • The best scenes are obviously the ones where Kevin sets the booby traps to trick and trap the crooks. As a child I loved anything that worked in a sequence in such a way, and it’s fun to watch them fall into each and every trap.
  • As much as my mum didn’t like him (I think she thought he was precocious, which he probably was), I think Macaulay Culkin is just great as Kevin. He has to pretty much carry the whole film, and when you think about the fact that he was only about ten when it was made, that’s pretty impressive.
  • Even though I had never watched Home Alone, I knew quite a lot about it. It’s a famous film, after all. But I had no idea that John Candy made a cameo in it! That was a pleasant surprise, and I think it comes at just the right moment in the film. His scenes with Catherine O’Hara are very amusing.

What I Didn’t Like

  • I know it’s just a film. I know that. But behind all the “Ha ha, Kevin got left at home alone!” is the fact that Kevin is treated so unfairly by his family! He’s constantly bullied and singled out, and as if that wasn’t bad enough, his parents don’t even realise that he isn’t on the plane with them. I know it’s not real, but it’s not fantastical enough for this not to cross my mind.
  • Also, in the realms of not fantastical enough, the cartoonish violence against the two goons is taken just a bit far. Again, I know it’s not real, but I don’t really enjoy seeing an iron being dropped on someone’s head, only for them to get up and walk away!

The negatives are far outweighed by the positives in the case of Home Alone. I will definitely be watching this one again, and I might even want to watch the sequel!

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