‘Home Alone‘ has succeeded in establishing itself as a Christmas tradition, spawning off 2 sequels, a TV movie and a whole franchise in and of it.
Macaulay Culkin plays Kevin McCallister, the average American child. He lives with a large family, which, right now, being around Christmas time, is about quadrupled, flooded by relatives’ children, all of whom pick on poor, poor Kevin.
One day Kevin wakes up from his sleep to find his wish has come true: his parents (John Heard and Catherine O’Hara) have disappeared. Enthralled by this, he proceeds to do everything and anything he was not allowed to do before, including eating ice cream in the morning, watching violent gangster films, jumping on the bed, wrecking his brother’s room, and having some fun with a BB gun. Unfortunately for Kevin, his parents have not just disappeared – they have accidentally left him at home before going to Paris.
Trouble really starts when two pesky burglars, Harry Lime (Joe Pesci) and Marv Merchants (Daniel Stern), decide that their next burglary will be at the McCallister residence. Little do they know Kevin is more than prepared, arming the house with an array of booby-traps that would impress top spies in the American government.
John Hughes (Beethoven, Flubber, 101 Dalmatians, Ferris Bueller’s Day Off) wrote this film, and it is no wonder. It is just like Hughes’ humor. It mixes emotion, belly laughs and a warm-hearted ending all into one little bundle called a movie. John Hughes‘ films are usually very good, mainly because he approaches films at a very classic level. He doesn’t resort to crude, kid jokes. He almost always levels everything out perfectly in his scripts.
All in all, ‘Home Alone’ is probably one of the best Christmas movies to rise out of the film industry in the last twenty years. It seamlessly blends humor, pain, emotion, human instinct and some great booby-traps all into one little bundle. This film has stood the test of time greatly.