1990: Home Alone


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In 1990, the first, and best, Home Alone movie was released. Kevin (Macaulay Culkin) is an eight year-old child, who, whilst his family are getting ready to leave home for a vacation, accidentally gets left behind. Now, this may seem like an awful thing to happen, but Kevin looks at the positive side of the situation…he has the house completely to himself, everything and anything goes (no getting drunk though, he’s only eight). At first, Kevin appears to be having the time of his life, doing what he wants, eating what he wants, when he wants, with his only problem being his fear of his basement. However, two dim-witted local crooks, Harry & Marv (Joe Pesci, Daniel Stern) soon learn that Kevin is all alone in his home, and so they attempt a burglary.

However, Kevin stumbles upon their plan of robbery which is to take place on Christmas eve, and, although distraught at first, like any child would be, soon comes to grips with the situation, and realises he must defend his house. From here on out, the movie is full of brilliant booby traps and classic comedy scenes, as the two crooks constantly attempt to successfully rob the house, whilst getting rid of Kevin at the same time. Ultimately, they catch Kevin, but he manages to escape with the help of an unexpected friend, and the crooks are caught by the police.

This movie is a classic, and I’m sure everyone who has seen it will agree. Many of you will remember watching this movie as a child, and then years later watching it again, and still loving it. It’s one of those classic movies that gives you a warm, childhood feeling every time it’s watched, and one you’ll never become bored of. The comedy scenes are classics, ones you’ll remember, filled with entertaining and genius scenes in which Kevin repels the thieves through clever and cunning booby traps; he’s the kind of kid you wish you were as a child.

Home Alone is a movie enjoyable for any type of person; whether you’re young, old, or as manly a man as me, Home Alone brings out the child in everyone. A movie which will never be forgotten, with a sequel which is also actually a good watch (although Home Alone 3 and 4 on the other hand…). If you haven’t seen Home Alone, no matter who you are, what age you are, or any other meaningless factors, watch it.

By Manpreet Singh


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