Where do I begin with Home Alone? Hmmm. The plot? Yes, I may as well just start with the plot. Home Alone is a classic holiday movie about a young boy, Kevin (Macaulay Culkin), who's sick and tired of his loud, obnoxious and rather rude family. He wants nothing more than for them to simply disappear. That is until they do. Well, sort of. As it turns out, his family left for a holiday without him, completely unintentional of course. Jesus, they're not THAT mean. Kevin, who isn't sure of why he's home alone, decides to make the most of his time. That is until two burglars, Harry (Joe Pesci) and Marv (Daniel Stern), try to break into Kevin's house, forcing Kevin to stand up and defend it.
Now, I enjoyed Home Alone a lot when I was a young kid. I thought it was a very entertaining movie, but of course, every kid did when they were young. I even have the DVDs of the first three films in the series, which is why I decided to put this film on for the first time in many many many years. Unfortunately, I enjoyed Home Alone a lot more when I was younger, which is something I'm really sad to say. It fails to hold up, both in terms of comedy and quality, although I'm sure my old DVD has something to do with the second part.
There are undoubtably some very fun scenes in Home Alone, mostly thanks to the clever booby traps made by Kevin, but there's just not enough humour to get me through the film's runtime. Seeing Kevin unleash hell on these burglars is a lot of fun, even if there's no possible way that Kevin could actually come up with plans that genius. Not even I could come up with plans that smart. But most of the other humour just didn't work out too well. It's unfunny and rather awkward to watch, and on occasion, even cringe worthy. Sorry.
When you think about it, Home Alone is really just a PG version of Saw. I presume this has been said before, but hey, I'm willing to taking credit for it because I'm just that sorta guy. Home Alone gets its laughs off people being assaulted and tormented by ingenious traps. Saw does the same thing, except it gets its laughs unintentionally. So yeah, for years now we've been showing our children a Saw movie and not even realising it. Good work humanity.
The cast try, but unfortunately, they fail. I love Joe Pesci as an actor, he stars in my favourite film of all time after all, and in Home Alone, he's easily the best thing about this movie, even though he's still not that great. His performance is fun, although most of the performances in this film are, but his character just exists and is here for a laugh. We don't really know anything about him besides he's clumsy and bad. None of the characters in this film have any real depth, as a matter of fact. Who knows? Maybe I'm just overthinking a movie for children. Or maybe I'm not and maybe this film really just isn't good.
To sum up, Home Alone is a Christmas classic that really shouldn't be a classic. There are some really fun moments to be found, but not enough to fill the runtime. The cast try, but not even Joe Pesci can save them from this rather dull, PG version of a Saw movie.
2 1/2 Stars