Home Alone (1990)

I would assume that most people who love a Christmas film have seen this one. It is one of the classic family Christmas films. However, in my opinion it isn’t my favourite. Now I understand why many love this film, I really do, but personally when I was younger the idea of the film used to kind of freak me out. That an eight year old boy is left home alone around Christmas, that burglars are trying to break into the house… But maybe I was overthinking it. For example, for my little brother this is his favourite Christmas film.

A rush of a huge family holiday means that one child accidentally gets left behind. Like a said, a little eight year old boy, named Kevin. I have to admit Macaulay Culkin playing Kevin is brilliant. He plays the cheeky and clever little boy extremely well. He is definitely the character who adds to the comedy of the film and makes it enjoyable for the family-based audience. Plus, I definitely can see why he seems so troublesome at the beginning, being called a “jerk” by his Uncle and picked on by all the other little children. The audience really does see things from his perspective. But he realises he doesn’t want to be alone round Christmas, no one does. A moral of the film of course, to always be with family and they will always forgive.

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‘Home Alone’ jumps back and forth to Kevin at home and the mother, Kate (Catherine O’Hara), desperately trying to get home – that’s once she realises she’s actually left her son at home… The aspect with the family on holiday gives an emergency and desperate feel to the film, an urgency to get back to poor little Kevin. While at home, burglars, Harry (Joe Pesci) and Marv (Daniel Stern), work the street Kevin lives on, their dream being Kevin’s house, of course. This is the part that used to creep me out that two grown men were spying on a young child vulnerable in his house, however he fights his own. A part of the film that I can imagine is loved, well it is by my brother, is when the burglars truly get what they deserve in a comical and clever way in the hands of Kevin. Throughout the film, ‘Home Alone’ delves into the creative imagination of the young boy left alone, as he tries to mature and fight his fears, something to be admired by the audience. The film really does have a beautiful family-filled Christmassy end that I do love.

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It is a film not like any other. One that isn’t too much wrapped around Christmas in itself but more of the importance of family around the holiday season, which is loved by audiences. You know it is a Christmas film, but as it is mostly based around Kevin and his ways at home, you experience his few days alone as he grows and becomes more confident in himself, appreciating the little things more. But within all this, there are comedic elements that are enjoyed, even some squirmy moments when someone stands on Christmas ornaments – just imagining that makes me squirm. Overall, it’s an understandable family Christmas film that is loved by so many, even if it isn’t my favourite, I wouldn’t knock the classic too much.

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