The Best Movies Ever – Home Alone


Kicking off the Christmas edition of Best Movies Ever – the indulgent fantasy of every child of the 90’s, Home Alone.

It’s ingenious how effectively this movie, written by John Hughes and directed by Chris Columbus, plays to a kid’s sympathies. The Christmas setting, the notion of complete and utter freedom from your parents, the power to outwit adults, the overcoming of irrational fears, and the feeling of being a confident hero are all at the core of Home Alone. But it’s not the kind of movie you really outgrow – it’s made well enough for adults to enjoy, partly thanks to the superb casting.

Joe Pesci and Daniel Stern are brilliant as the burglers, and until the booby traps start going off they even seem like relatively realistic (if cliche) criminals. Of course, once they do start pratfalling on ice and getting burned by rigged blowtorches it’s hysterical to watch Joe Pesci try to act convincingly frustrated without saying “motherfucker”. Imagine how many ruined takes… 

Catherine O’Hara is suitably frenzied as Kevin’s mom, spending much of the movie bickering with airline representatives and police trying to get back home. She channels some of her crazy-eyed, rapidfire staccato scolding from Beetlejuice here. And of course, good old Mac Culkin, 90’s golden child. His acting here, in his first starring role is… let’s say underdeveloped, but he’s likable enough. Because his character is written to be unrealistically clever, resourceful, and courageous, I remember desperately wanting to be him.

Except I'd know to stay away from the aftershave

Except I’d know to stay away from the aftershave

But in truth, what actually makes Home Alone worth watching as an adult for me is the Christmas nostalgia. It absolutely nails it. The soundtrack is packed with Christmas standards, the suburban Chicago setting is Rockwell-esque, and the wish fulfillment aspect gives it a sheen of Christmas magic. The Grinch TV special, a bad fake Santa, and the Christmas Eve church service all have cameo appearances. For that, Home Alone has a permanent spot in the Christmas movie rotation.

(Bonus Home Alone 2 talk)

Home Alone 2(:Lost in New York) also has value. The entire cast and crew returns, and the tone is identical to the first…. too identical. In fact, the entire plot is literally beat for beat the same as the first movie, except this time Kevin gets separated from his parents at the airport instead of at home, so he ends up in New York. But that doesn’t stop him from setting up an elaborate series of booby traps at an empty house.

I loved this movie as a kid, because it was more of the same, but when you give it some thought it’s astonishing how much ground Home Alone 2 retreads. By a mind-boggling coincidence, the same two burglars (after breaking out of prison) cross paths with the same kid in an entirely different city – the hugest city. Kevin uses the same noir movie audio trick to avoid having to explain himself to curious adults. The rest of his family is incapable of communicating with him by the same series of circumstances. Kevin learns another valuable lesson about judging books by their covers when he meets another creepy old hermit with a hidden tender side, and they end up teaching one another life lessons while listening to live Christmas music, AND THAT PERSON ENDS UP SAVING HIM AT THE LAST SECOND FROM THE BURGLARS! This one has Tim Curry as a snooty hotel manager though so, it all works out. Выбираем сначала платформу автоматов, потом — сам аппарат. Вы можете попробовать игровые аппараты прямо сейчас, регистрации и без регистрации и без смс. Выбираем сначала платформу автоматов, потом — сам аппарат. Вы можете играть в игровые аппараты прямо сейчас, регистрации и загрузок дополнительных программ не нужно. Для игры в онлайн без . вулкан клуб ком Выбираем сначала платформу автоматов, потом — сам аппарат. Вы можете попробовать игровые автоматы онлайн может играть бесплатно и без регистрации и загрузок дополнительных программ не нужно. Для игры в онлайн без регистрации и без дополнительной загрузки. Игровые автоматы бесплатно и других азартных развлечений ищите здесь! .

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