Home Alone (1990)






Macaulay Culkin, Joe Pesci, Daniel Stern, John Heard, Catherine O'Hara, Roberts Blossom, Devin Ratray, Mike Maronna, Hillary Wolf, Angela Goethals, Gerry Bamman, Terrie Snell, Jedidiah Cohen, Senta Moses, Kieran Culkin, Anna Stolky, Kristin Minter, John Candy, Ralph Foody, Larry Hankin, Ken Hudson Campbell, Hope Davis


Arrogant and incompetent 8-year-old Kevin McCallister (Macaulay Culkin) is accidentally left home alone by his family during Christmas vacation. At first he is living the life of his dreams, without any family to guide and structure him. But when he discovers the plot of two hapless burglars (Joe Pesci and Daniel Stern), he must do his best to protect his home from them.


It's that time of year again, when I can watch Home Alone for the umpteenth time and not feel like a complete weirdo. I was five, maybe six, the first time, and I instantly loved this film, and watching it has been my - and my brother - Christmas tradition ever since. The film is a classic, and ages later it still is my favourite Holiday flick.

It may not be a masterpiece, or have the best screenplay in the world, but Home Alone is an absolutely hilarious family comedy that will also touch our hearts.

The plot is rather thin, corny, and unrealistic, of course there are massive plot holes and ridiculous scenarios, but honestly, who cares, it is not a pretentious comedy and anyway the film makes up for that with a lot of cartoon-like and bloodless violence.

Of course hilarious lines and gags are not all, and the film acknowledges that, and puts together a handful of touching moments and conveys some poignant messages about the importance of family.

The catchy and magical musical score by John Williams gives the film the final emotional touch that the movies needed.

Before he became an alcoholic and threw his career out of the window, 8-year-old Macaulay Culkin seems to have no problem carrying most of the film with a wide variety of expressions and gestures. Joe Pesci and Daniel Stern are hilarious in their roles as the burglars who try to rob Kevin's house.

1 comment :

  1. 'Home alone' was one of my favourite films when I was a child. I enjoyed with him every Christmas and I believe if I saw now I would say the same :)