Home Alone Reviews
Home Alone is a popular 1990 American Christmas-themed comedy written and produced by John Hughes and directed by Chris Columbus. The film not only stars Macaulay Culkin as Kevin McCallister, the son of a large, affluent American family who is accidentally left home alone and then, fights against two burglars played by Joe Pesci and Daniel Stern but also features Catherine O' Hara and John Heard as Kevin's parents. Since its release, Home Alone has become one of the all-time international box office successes, and regardless of the passing of more than two decades, it has surely been a good choice of film for families at Christmas for its ever-lasting priceless messages of family values dispatched through a great number of adventurous and heart-touching scenes.
Home Alone depicts what happens after a large, wealthy family in the Chicago suburb rushes off to Paris for their Christmas vacation, mistakenly leaving behind an allegedly annoying eight-year-old troublemaker named Kevin who initially relishes being home alone, yet subsequently determines to defend his premise against the invasion of the two burglars by his ingenuity and resourcefulness.
Throughout the whole film, the centerpiece is, indeed, the internal growing-up of Kevin indicated through his stages of emotions which have gradually evolved indifference, mischievousness and bad-temperedness into internal maturity and appreciation of family values. Specifically, Kevin at first shows almost no interest in being at peace with his family and relatives, some of whom have criticism towards him for not being helpful but causing problems. He also loses his temper when one of his sibling (Buzz) tells jokes on him, which leads hime to end up being sent upstairs by his mother and even worse, he wishes his whole family to disappear instead of feeling regrets for what he has said and done. Moreover, he adopts an attitude of supreme indifference towards the realization that his family is gone because he is so enthralled and happy with the fact the he is under no control over doing as he was previously told not to, for example, devouring ice cream and watching gangster movies. However, Kevin comes to the knowledge that he has to take care of himself by ordering pizza as well as doing shopping on his own. However, Kevin has made a turning point on his thinking on what family really means by taking to the poor old man Marley, for whom he shows sympathy, followed by having an air of sadness and emptiness sliding through his face on his coming across houses in which people are celebrating Christmas together in great cosiness. The climax of his emotional evolution reaches when he realizes he needs to defend his house against the two burglars on his own terms, which reveals his gradual maturity and determination towards keeping the place of which he is an integrated part. In addition, after protecting his premises from the burglary, he decorates the Christmas tree and his house by himself as if he were an actual adult who wished to have his beloved family back after wanting it to disappear. The film has been a considerable success for vividly describing Kevin's gradual realisation of family values and internal growing-up which definitely leave the audience valuable lessons about family.
It is, however, undoubtful that Home Alone would be a perfection if improvements on its plot could be made. Personally, we believe there is an implausibility that Kevin, despite of his very young age, does not find it scary at all to wake up and have no idea where everyone is in comparison with a normal child. Furthermore, the film puts too much focus on Kevin's intelligence and features two burglars as dummies, which lessens its theatricality to some certain extent.
In conclusion, Home Alone has widely been considered as a comedy film of high quality for its humorous and touching content as well as its excellent settings, lighting, sound effects and many other contributory elements. Therefore, although there are a numerous number of Christmas-themed films having been produced over the past two decades, it is always of high recommendation for families, especially children to watch it when Christmas comes.
"This is my house, I have to defend it."