For my first movie review, we’re looking at the John Hughes classic – Home Alone. Home Alone stars Macaulay Culkin, Joe Pesci, Daniel Stern, John Heard, Roberts Blossom and many more, despite Kevin being alone in a house. I need to acknowledge that I am an actual adult and not in fact, 8 years old. This is a favorite of mine from when I was growing up and I believe that it really does hold up. It’s unlikely that any movie on here will get a perfect 5/5 stars so I gave this one the next best thing, 4.5 stars. Kevin McCallister.
I’m sure that most people have already seen this movie before but quick synopsis: Kevin is boy from Chicago whose parents accidentally leave him behind on a big family trip to Paris for Christmas. They mistake the back of a neighbor kid’s head for Kevin’s and assume that they have everyone – BUT THEY DON’T. Kevin is thrilled at the fact that he is free to live by his own rules and not be scolded or annoyed by his family. Here comes the problem though – there are 2 burglars casing the neighborhood and breaking into homes. Kevin learns that these two buffoons plan on breaking into HIS house, and he decides that he will not let that happen and adorably declares “This is my house. I have to defend it!” and readies his BB gun. I won’t go any further in case you are one of the tens of people in the world who have not seen the movie before.
You could be like my friend Mike who can’t seem to suspend the disbelief that a child can defend himself against 2 adults and also ask why these hardened criminals didn’t have a gun and make the movie much quicker and sadder. I choose to just take this movie for a far-fetched, family-friendly Christmas movie. It still makes me laugh, and I find myself quoting it all year round.