Matinee: Home Alone

August 29, 2011 § Leave a comment

Christmas is such a hectic time of year. The stress around searching for the right gifts for people, the endless stream of cards from forgotten members of your extended family, the pounding your wallet takes on tacky, useless, god-awful festive neccesities like tinsel, dancing electronic Santa Clauses and reindeer enbedded jumpers. Christmas Day itself has been known to drive people to insanity, the days revolves around relentess gastronomic over indulgence, all washed down with a ferocious amount of liquor and as you tear yourself away from your drunk relatives, surounded by a mass of wrapping paper, don’t reach for that excessive amount of prescription drugs with a side order of 15 year old single malt Scotch, reach for the remote and spend some well earned time for a different form of indulgence, the joy of Christmas television and more than likely amongst the classics and family favourites, will be the this little gem of a movie.

A charming, touching and incredibly funny motion picture, that has continued to make us laugh for the past 20 years. A wonderfully penned screenplay from his royal greatness Mr. John Hughes, who’s films of childhood and teen rebellion will continue to make children and teenagers laugh and cry for decades to come. However, this film will always be remebered because of a certain 10 year old. Macaulay Culkin’s performance in Home Alone is a one of great comic merit that equals that of his co-stars, the brilliant Joe Pesci and Daniel Stern. He’s cheeky, hilarious and frankly adorable. Culkin was the poster boy for pre teen rebellion and to the bane of many parents he gave those young children a voice and an attitude. He was destined for greatness and for all the wrong reasons Macaulay Culkin slipped into the baron wasteland to join many a fallen child star. Culkin may never make a memorable film again, but he will always be remembered as that little boy  in Home Alone.

Full of wisecracking humour and glorious comic violence, Home Alone is not just a great Christmas film, but a great film. That shouldn’t just be wedged into an already bursting Christmas schedule in between Doctor Who and a repeats of Only Fools and Horses.

“Keep The Change You Filthy Animal!”

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