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‘the wrath of an eight year old’ ★★★1/2 Review of Home Alone (1990)
January 17, 2015, 1:00 pm
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Home Alone pic 2Home Alone 1990
Family/Comedy, Rated PG, 114 Minutes.
Starring: Macaulay Culkin, Joe Pesci, Daniel Stern.

Eight-year-old Kevin McCallister (Macaulay Culkin) has become the man of the house, overnight! Accidentally left behind when his family rushes off on n a Christmas vacation, Kevin gets busy decorating the house for the holidays. But he’s not decking the halls with tinsel and holly. Two bumbling burglars are trying to break in, and Kevin’s rigging a bewildering battery of booby traps to welcome them!

Road Movie Mobile Cinema’s review:
This year Home Alone made it into our top 100 most popular films of all time. Since the beginning of the Mobile Cinema ‘Home Alone’ has been a popular choice for Christmas screenings, admittedly it’s not an in your face family heart warmer but it’s a lot of fun. Written by John Hughes (Ferris Bueller’s Day Off, Breakfast Club) and directed by Chris Columbus (Harry Potter), Home Alone has a lot going for it, especially Joe Pesci adding slapstick to his gangster routine.

The film centres around Kevin, Macaulay Culkin, a little kid in a big family, a family that forgets him when they leave on their trip to Paris, leaving him Home Alone. This would have probably been OK if the house wasn’t being scoped out by the ‘Wet Bandits’ for a burglary. This leaves you with lots of questions; ‘Why doesn’t Kevin call the police? Why don’t the parents contact neighbours to go and check on him? Why doesn’t his family fly home? etc. etc. But writer John Hughes seems to have most of those bases covered in the form of a storm that keeps Kevin separated from his family long enough to be terrorised by the bandits. The ‘Wet Bandits’ however quickly fall prey to the wrath of an eight year old who has eaten too much sugar and watched too many ‘Road-Runner’ movies. Like ‘Road-Runner’ cartoons the film is surprisingly violent and that’s where most of its humour is based, in a ‘Looney Tunes’ landscape where nobody bleeds.

A massive hit in 1990 when it was released and still highly popular today ‘Home Alone’ is great alternative if you are looking for a Christmas film that’s not too soppy.

Review out of five stars: ★★★1/2 Stars.

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