I just had my Cheerios™ and coffee. I’m home alone. My slippers are on, and I’m comfy cozy hunched over my desk like a rat. I’m feeling jolly and so should you. So! Shall we get into the holiday spirit with a day 6 review?
In my previous article 5 Reasons to Watch The Irishman, our good friend Joe Pesci made an appearance. We know him best from movies full of bloodshed. Violent movies like Goodfellas, Casino, 8 Heads in a Duffel Bag, and today’s yule log …
The classic McCauley Culkin slapstick shows us that violence can be funny. It can be enjoyable. Today, our movie review will focus only on the original Home Alone. Some may argue, the first one is the only one worth watching. A string of sequels, some without the memorable cast, followed John Hughes’ first Home Alone and left sour tastes in fans’ mouths.
Safe to say, many people forget the series continues on after two or three. Almost like Kevin McCallister forgotten by his family on Christmas Day. Although in John Hughes fashion, the first Home Alone was a hit, along the ranks of his other movies Pretty In Pink, Ferris Bueller’s Day Off, and the Breakfast Club.
John Hughes certainly had a special touch. But it was performances by young McCauley Culkin, Joe Pesci and Daniel Stern that make the movie so enjoyable for the family.
The youngest of 11 kids, Kevin McCallister gets into a fight with his siblings the night before the family trip to Paris. In all the confusion his flight ticket is accidentally thrown away. As punishment for the mess, Kevin is told to sleep in the attic. And come morning after a power outage, the McCallister family wakes up and notices the alarms turned off and they overslept.
Chaos ensues as the family hops around the house brushing their teeth, changing clothes and piling into the van to get to the airport in time for their flight. Not until the flight is in the air and the family has a chance to settle their minds, it occurs to the mother they forgot the most important luggage: Kevin McCallister.
At first, Kevin revels in the quiet house. It’s the first time in a long time that he gets to be alone. He watches violent movies, looks at Playboy magazines and plays with a BB gun in the house. For him, it’s a dream come true. Until one night two robbers (Joe Pesci and Daniel Stern) scope out the house. The Christmas dream Kevin believed he was living suddenly gets real.
We can’t go much farther without discussing the traps. It’s the topic of every Home Alone conversation and possibly the most famous aspect of the movie.
Kevin is able to thwart their first few attempts to get into the McCallister home. But the robbers catch on that Kevin’s all alone. They decide to strike on Christmas Eve night. Knowing this, Kevin prepares to defend his home as best he can. Fighting the robbers head to head is a fight he wouldn’t win. After all, he’s just a kid. So he gets creative. And assembles an arsenal of booby traps that rival the Viet-Cong’s brutality.
Some of these tactics even make adults cringe. Like the nail on the stairs or the iron falling from the laundry chute. The brutality aside, it’s all slapstick. The movie has a good sense of humor and makes the entire trap ending a knee-slapper without slipping too far into the dark. It’ll have your family laughing and your kids wondering just how they would defend their house should they be left home alone.
Home Alone Stands Out
Home Alone is different from most Christmas movies. It doesn’t focus on traditional family Christmases. Instead it provides a fresh plot to a genre saturated with rehashed stories. There are only so many ways to tell a story about Christmas, and Home Alone opened the door for writers to expand away from tradition.
That’s all for our day 6 Home Alone movie review! We are inching closer and closer to the 25th. It’s almost hard to believe how fast this month is moving. Stay tuned tomorrow for our 7th movie review of twelve!
And always remember, it wasn’t Christmas spirit that saved the McCallisters’ home. It was psychological warfare. Happy holidays everyone!
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