Rating: 4 out of 5 stars
By Emily Latulippe
What would you do if you had the house to yourself for a few days? Home Alone is a comedic holiday film based on a large family who plans on going to Paris for their Christmas vacation. The night before they leave, the house is very crazy, with all the family members scrambling around to get ready. The 8-year-old boy, Kevin, does not fit in the family well and is getting picked on by everyone. He ends up screaming, “I hope I never see any of you jerks again!” The next morning he wakes up to an empty house.
I think this movie is worth watching, considering the time of year. Home Alone will get the entire family in the Christmas spirit.
Director Chris Columbus adds Home Alone to his long list of successes such as Mrs. Doubtfire and Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets. Kevin McCallister is acted by Macaulay Culkin. Culkin does not portray the 8-year-old to be obnoxious and annoying, or a coward; rather he is a resourceful, endearing boy.
The first day alone, Kevin hides in his parents’ bed and doesn’t answer the door for anyone. This seems like what any young child would do in a house alone. However, Kevin starts going out and shopping. He never tries to contact the police that he is home alone. Then when his neighborhood becomes the target of robberies, Kevin becomes very resourceful and inventive, maybe too resourceful for an 8-year-old. It seems unrealistic for a young boy to design a system of moving mannequins to look like a party is happening. If you can get past a few unrealistic components of the plot, you’ll be laughing along as the young boy tries to outsmart the crooks.
The producers of Home Alone created a soundtrack that went perfectly with the movie. Right in the beginning, the family is running through the airport because they are about to miss their flight. The song playing is “Run, Run Rudolph” by Chuck Berry. The excitement of the song matched with the rush of the event, really completes the scene.
In addition to all the funny scenes, Home Alone has an underlying moral purpose that will get you in the Christmas spirit. Marley is seen as the neighborhood “creep”; all the kids run away from the old man when they seem him. Kevin visits a church the night of the robbery and Marley decides to sit in the same pew as Kevin. Kevin eventually warms up to the old man and they have a deep conversation. Marley is able to show Kevin the importance of family and how Kevin is very lucky to have such a large family, even if he feels he gets overlooked sometimes.
On Christmas Eve, Kevin’s last wish before he goes to bed is that is family comes back. The next morning he awakes to his mother. Marley is, too, shown in the last scene being reunited with his family on Christmas. This scene really represents the spirit of Christmas. The mix of sentimental and humorous moments makes Home Alone well worth the watch.