Home Alone (1990)

An iconic movie is on the docket next as I revisited the John Hughes classic Home Alone. I had been wanting to rewatch Home Alone for a little while now, and, with it on Disney + and a season for Christmas movies, I played the film.

It really is silly. The things that happen just are not really possible. However, I think that is part of the fun. It is an escapist fantasy where the audience can cheer for this little boy who is trying to protect himself and his house from these crooks. Sure, Kevin McCallister (Macaulay Culkin) could not have set up all of those booby traps for the Wet Bandits and these traps would potentially kill Harry (Joe Pesci) and Marv (Daniel Stern)– at the very least concuss them.

The whole set up for the family heading off to Paris without Kevin is a series of coincidences and happenstances that have to all happen for the plot to work. Again, you suspend that clear doubtful situations because it is fun. Catherine O’Hara as Kevin’s mom Kate adds credibility to the story with her mere presence. Her character makes a ton of mistakes, but you can relate to her easily, from the stress from holiday family gatherings and rushing to the airport to her mama lion determination to make it back to her son.

Joe Pesci and Daniel Stern are veterans who bring a great amount of charisma and chemistry with one another. They fall right into the same type of comedic pairing like Abbot and Costello, able to bounce back, almost cartoon-like, from these devastating slapstick booby traps.

By the way, how about the scene of the whole family rushing through the airport and arriving mere minutes before the plane is to depart. That sure is a picture of a bygone era. No way that would happen in today’s society of being at the airport hours ahead of time. It was the first thing I thought as I watched that moment in the movie.

Home Alone is an enjoyable film with a breakout performance from Macaulay Culkin and a group of wonderful actors surrounding him. I did not even mention John Candy, John Heard, and Roberts Blossom, who all are significant actors in the cast. It is similar to the Road Runner/Wile Coyote situation in the Looney Tunes cartoons.

It is a classic.

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