Home Alone is one of those films that had a really hard time during production… They went over-budget, effectively got shut down, but due to some ‘foul play’ from John Hughes, the show went on!
This film rightly earned the title ‘instant classic’. Written by the king of 80’s teen flicks John Hughes, it was always going to be a success. The film is simple, it’s nothing complicated, it is… a kid gets left at home. It shows that sometimes all you need is a simple idea, and it’s everything else you put into it that gives it depth, like the obstacles of our protagonist Kevin, (played brilliantly by Macauley Culkin) clumsy burglars Harry and Marv (Daniel Stern and Joe Pesci), the other surrounding cast (Catherine O’ Hara, the late John Heard). The writing across the board is just incredibly inventive, the way that Kevin uses what he can to fight off the burglars, everything from toy cars, to a BB gun to even a tarantula!
Not only that but Chris Columbus had a big point to make. The last film he had directed prior to this was Heartbreak Hotel. A film that got less than favourable reviews from everywhere, but it’s fair to say he did his job well! He worked well with Culkin, as a lot of the film is a one man show.
But this film also brings the festive spirit too, the heartwarming scene in the church (that was one take) where Kevin and Marley talk in the church, about making amends and the true meaning of Christmas…
If you’re looking for a fun-filled, family Christmas film to watch over the festive period, this is the one!
Words by Jack Horsley.