‘Home Alone’ (Film)

‘HOME ALONE’

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Kevin At Home Alone

The first two ‘Home Alone’ movies are the best ones in my humble opinion! 🙂

In 2019, I purchased the double pack DVD of ‘Home Alone’ and ‘Home Alone 2: Lost In New York’. I’m glad these two movies are on one DVD disc so that my family and I can watch them at Christmas time. We spent one evening watching the first two ‘Home Alone’ movies with Domino’s pizza! Nice!

I used to watch the ‘Home Alone’ movies from producer/writer John Hughes on VHS and when they came on TV at Christmas time in the 1990s. Lately, I’ve seen both ‘Home Alone’ and ‘Home Alone 2’ on the big screen at my local Showcase cinema in Nantgarw. But do I think one film is better than the other? Well, that’s what I hope to share with you. 🙂

The first ‘Home Alone’ movie is the one people remember the most. ‘Home Alone’ was released in 1990 at around Christmas time. I never saw it at the cinema, but I was lucky to have seen it on a VHS.

My parents soon purchased ‘Home Alone’ on DVD around 2001. This was when we were getting into the DVD age at that time. We didn’t purchase any more of the following ‘Home Alone’ films on DVD.

Eventually in 2017, my Mum and I saw ‘Home Alone’ on the big screen at our local Showcase Cinema in Nantgarw. This was re-released on selected days. I enjoyed seeing the film again at the cinema. 😀

It was very extraordinary to see a Christmas film I knew so well on the big screen for the first time back in 2017. Beforehand, my parents and I saw ‘It’s a Wonderful Life’ a few times on the big screen.

In English, I might add. Not in another language. 😀 It was exciting to see another Christmas movie at the cinema. I remember every line of this movie. I knew what was to occur with the main characters.

It was fun to see all the moments that I knew and loved from the film on the big screen. It’s an experience I would happily like to revisit, possibly with a very lovely cheesy pizza meal beforehand. 🙂

The screen room was well-attended too when my Mum and I went to see ‘Home Alone’ on the big screen. I didn’t expect to see so many people attending to watch the film on the big screen. It was quite amazing! 🙂

I suppose it is rare to see ‘Home Alone’ at the cinema. Sometimes it can be a one-off opportunity. Back then, I hoped the Showcase Cinema in Nantgarw would do more classic film showings like that. 🙂

‘Home Alone’ is the story about Macaulay Culkin as Kevin, who gets left behind at home after his family go off on a family vacation to Paris. His family were so neglectful of Kevin early on in the film.

Initially, Kevin gets to enjoy being ‘home alone’ before he misses his family. He has to be grown-up looking after the house and tackles with Harry and Marv, two criminals, who want to burgle his home.

Macaulay Culkin steals the show as Kevin and is well-remembered for being in ‘Home Alone’. He shows off what a smart kid he can be, dealing with the likes of Harry and Marv to defend his home. 🙂

The film also stars Joe Pesci as Harry and Daniel Stern as Marv. These two bumbling crooks are fun to watch. Harry is the smart one whilst Marv’s rather dopey. Seeing the banter they have was great fun.

There’s also John Heard as Peter and Catherine O’Hara as Kate, Kevin’s parents. Kate becomes very worried when she realises they left Kevin behind and is determined to return home to check on him.

The film also features Roberts Blossom as Marley, an old man Kevin meets and gets scared of at first before befriending him. There’s also John Candy as Gus Polinski, a polka performer who assists Kate.

The movie has plenty of laugh-out moments, especially in the second half where Kevin defends the house from the crooks Harry and Marv trying to break in. I couldn’t help laugh at those moments. 😀

Sometimes the traps Kevin sets up for Harry and Marv are pretty violent. I know it’s a Christmas/kids film and I shouldn’t look into it too deeply, but I’m surprised Harry and Marv didn’t die after this film. 😀

Another of my favourite moments is when Kevin plays the 1940s-style film within a film – ‘Angels with Filthy Souls’. I just realised that film was made for ‘Home Alone’. I thought that was a real film! 😀

Many memorable lines come from that ‘Angels with Filthy Souls’ film such as “Keep the change, you filthy animal!” I loved it when Kevin used the film to get his pizza at night as well as scaring off Marv.

The film also features a lovely musical score composed by John Williams who’s done ‘Star Wars’ and ‘Superman’. A lot of John Williams’ musical cues are very memorable, especially the opening titles. 🙂

There are also some enjoyable, memorable songs like ‘Run, Run Rudolf’, ‘Rockin’ Around The Christmas Tree’ and the Drifter’s version of ‘White Christmas’. There’s even ‘O Holy Night’ that I’ve sung in a choir in 2019.

‘Home Alone’ is a great film to watch at Christmas time. I enjoyed it on VHS, still enjoy it on DVD and enjoyed seeing it on the big screen. It’s rare to see a film like that on the big screen at the cinema. 🙂

I especially enjoyed seeing ‘Home Alone’ again in its double pack DVD lately. It’s a film well-loved nowadays and Macaulay Culkin steals the show as Kevin, along with the two crooks Harry and Marv.

The DVD special features are as follows. On its original 2000 DVD, there are trailers for ‘Home Alone’, ‘Home Alone 2: Lost In New York’ and ‘Home Alone 3’. On its ‘Family Fun Edition’ DVD, there’s an audio commentary with director Chris Columbus and Macaulay Culkin. There’s also a 1990 press feature; ‘The Making of ‘Home Alone’; ‘Mac Cam: Behind the Scenes with Macaulay Culkin’; ‘How to Burglar-Proof Your Home: The Stunts of ‘Home Alone’; ‘Home Alone’ Around The World’; ‘Where’s Buzz Now?’ (that’s Devin Retray who played Buzz, Kevin’s bullying brother); the ‘Angels with Filthy Souls’ film; deleted scenes; a blooper reel and a Blu-ray trailer for ‘The Simpsons Movie’. There aren’t any DVD special features for the ‘Home Alone’ and ‘Home Alone 2’ double pack DVD.

‘Home Alone’ rating – 9/10


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