Home Alone Film Review
Uncle Frank McCallister
Harry Lyme (thief)
About the film
- Released: 1990
- Director: Chris Columbus
- Producer: John Hughes
- Running Time: 1 hr 43 mins
- Genre: Family, Comedy
- Distributed By: 20th Century Fox
- Budget: $18,000,000
Home Alone is one of them classic films which they tend to put on television every Christmas. With Christmas just around the corner now, I think it's the right time to tell you all about this film.
Kevin is an 8 year old boy living with his parents and older siblings. The film starts with the family preparing for their break away to Paris in France for the festive season. A burglar named Harry is dressed up as a Policeman and knocks on their front door getting information about the house. He soon leaves to join his partner in crime, Marv. These two bungling thieves make quite a pair!
Meanwhile, during the night there is a storm which resets the alarm clocks which means the family wake up late. With all the rushing around and confusion, they head off for their holiday, but mistakenly leaves Kevin behind. Kevin and his mother had an argument the previous evening due to Kevin ruining the family dinner, and is sent to the attic as punishment. It's not until the family are on the flight to Paris that they realise that they have forgotten Kevin. Or at least Kate, the mother, does. She keeps saying on the way to the airport and on the plane that she keeps thinking she's forgotten something. Then it suddenly dawns on her when she screeches 'Kevin!' at the top of her voice.
While all this is going on, Kevin is home alone. He is initially pleased with this, knowing his family are out of the way and that he's got the house to himself to do as he pleases. We see Kevin occupying himself around the house and keeping himself amused by eating loads of ice cream and watching movies. But little does he know that Harry and Marv are planning on breaking into the house, initially not realising that Kevin is at home. But as the film goes on, we get to see that Kevin realises what these two are up to and plans on protecting his home from them gaining entry. Cunning Kevin rigs the house with booby traps to stop them burgling his house. The burglars find a series of traps set up in the house like walking into trip wires and stepping on a floor full of baubles, set alight, red hot door handles, walking in tar and feathers - the list goes on.
Of course while Kevin is at home doing all this, Kevin's family, or more so his parents, are worrying themselves silly trying to get back to America to get home. There is, however, some touching moments in the film when Kevin visits a Church and gets talking to an old man in there. He persuades the man to get back in touch with his family. Kevin is starting to miss his family now and wondering when they'll be home.
I know the film is nearly 30 years old. Can you believe that? But I still enjoy watching this film. As I say, it's generally on over the Christmas period so I don't get to watch it all that often. Macaulay plays a really good part. I love how he sets the house up with traps to defend his castle. There are some comical moments in the film. For instance, with the scene where he tries to shave and he splashes aftershave on himself and starts yelling. Then of course there are the scenes where he defends his home from Harry and Marv and the many accidents that happen with them. It's great comedy. Considering Macaulay was only a child at the time this film was made and he is the main character in the film, I think he does well with his acting ability. His confidence, I think, really shows onscreen.
The late, great John Candy has a small part in the film where he is in a band. He helps Kate on her journey to get back home. Although he didn't have a very big part in the movie, I still enjoyed watching him. I've always liked John Candy, so it was good to see he had a small part in this film. All in all, this is still a great film to watch and still makes me laugh. I'm sure it will be on again sometime over the festive season, and when it is, I will be sure to watch it - again!
© 2019 Louise Powles