Quarter Century old movie still brings Christmas spirit


Ronel Ghidey

In the few years of my childhood that I actually remember, there’s not many things I would say that pleased me when it came to the big screen. Usually for a movie to appease my appetite, it needs to be deep and emotional, or filled with explosions of song and action scenes that would make Bruce Lee’s head spin. Needless to say, my taste in movies has a certain exception when it comes to the holidays. Christmas movies are a genre of their own, and in watching one, I want to have feelings of nostalgia mixed with a little laughter and sentiment. Most of the time, I can’t find many movies that do such a thing, but when the cinema disappoints me every year with their promises of a new Christmas classic, I take comfort in the ones that make my holiday season enjoyable every year. Home Alone is one of these classics.
Directed by Chris Columbus, this 25-year-old movie revolves around a young Macaulay Culkin who plays eight year old Kevin McCallister who is accidentally left at home by his family as they head to Paris for their Christmas vacation. Taking place in upper class Chicago, Kevin, after just recently getting in an argument with both his parents and siblings, sees their absence as a gift and takes full advantage of it, enjoying himself as the rest of his family just begins to realize the grave mistake they had just made. Meanwhile, to the ignorance of the family, two seasonal burglars Harry Lime (Joe Pesci) and Marv Merchants (Daniel Stern) see this upper class Chicago home as a great target for their holiday escapades.
Home Alone is filled with the kind of nostalgia and laughter that makes it a timeless choice for your holiday season movie list. From memorable moments like Kevin singing the classic White Christmas in the shower to his mom’s (Catherine O’Hara) journey back home to see her son, this movie mixes the kind of mushy and comical stuff that everyone just can’t help but love.
What’s you favorite holiday movie? And if you’ve watched the ‘Home Alone’ series, which one is your favorite?[vc_text_separator title=”Second in a five-part series”][vc_basic_grid post_type=”post” max_items=”10″ element_width=”3″ grid_id=”vc_gid:1450894086500-9e0abc9e-6b5e-4″ el_class=”Christmas Movie Reviews”][TS-VCSC-Youtube content_youtube=”https://youtu.be/K4qLXp2kX3k” el_file=””]