Home Alone 2: Lost in New York, the much anticipated sequel to 1990’s Home Alone, is considered a classic during Christmas time, alongside the first movie. For me, it’s a must-watch each year. But what makes it so special, you ask?
While you might press play questioning “how bad do these parents have to be to lose their child twice?”, you can’t help but get wrapped up in the chaos and comedy that ensues… It just doesn’t get more magical than Christmas in New York City.
In a rare occurrence where the sequel is just as good as the first film, maybe even better, Home Alone 2 transports us to the infamous Plaza Hotel – providing extreme envy for young Kevin’s adventures as he goes to town with his dad’s credit card. Special mention to the mile long room service bill.
Scenes in Central Park, Carnegie Hall, and any kid’s dream; Duncan’s Toy Chest (surprisingly located in Chicago) bring the festivities to life and show some of the big apple’s holiday craziness.
Booby traps and heartwarming encounters keep the film entertaining for all the family, and watching Kevin torture the ditsy burglars for their crimes is absurd but heroic nonetheless. There’s a surprising amount of depth considering its nature; displaying the bond created with an unlikely friend, similar to the first instalment, was ahead of its time and passes an important message to the younger generation – never judge what you don’t know. And, unbeknownst to them at the time, Donald Trump’s cameo provides a reminder of how times have changed.
The Home Alone movies encompass the spirit of Christmas perfectly – family, friendship, kindness, the comfort of ‘home’, and a childlike perspective we all miss.
We may never know why the McCallisters were so intent on never spending Christmas at their humongous and gorgeous home, or how large their mortgage was, but I’m certainly glad they didn’t.
You can watch Home Alone 2, and it’s preceder, on Disney+ here.
Words by Erin Memmott.