Sunday, December 4, 2011

Cinematic Advent Calendar - Day 4

Home Alone (1990) - Dir. Chris Columbus

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As the tag line for the film says, "A family comedy without the family," Home Alone (1990) is one part Twilight Zone, two parts familial understanding, and three parts holiday hi-jinx. The story, set at Christmas time, appeals to adults and children alike because of the strong display of the inner child. Anyone can watch this movie and connect with the eight year old protagonist, Kevin (Macaulay Culkin), on some level because we've all been there before, regardless of denomination. It is every child's best dream and worst nightmare to find them self in this situation. The holiday setting only amplifies the absence and longing for one's family. Fortunately the overwhelming sentimentality is countered by extreme violence towards the two antagonists, Harry & Marv (Joe Pesci and Daniel Stern) as they attempt to rob Kevin's house with him in it. Home Alone is filled with solid performances from the stars as well as the supporting cast, including Roberts Blossom ("Old Man" Marley) and the late John Candy (Gus Polinski - Polka King of the Mid-West). During its initial release the film became the highest grossing comedy of all time (Guinness Book of World Records) and opened the floodgates for annual holiday releases, including three sequels. 

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