One of the best displays of slapstick in modern filmmaking, a star-making child performance by MacCaulkin, & surprising hint of depth / palatable holiday family values allow Home Alone to earn its widespread esteem as one of the iconic Christmas movies. Christmas Adjustment ~8.7/10.
Kevin McCallister (Macaulay Culkin) is an 8-year old kid that acts out the night before a family trip to Paris, so his mother (Catherine O’Hara) makes him sleep in the attic. After the McCallisters mistakenly leave for the airport without Kevin, he awakens to an empty house and assumes his wish to have no family has come true. But his excitement sours when he realizes that two con men (Joe Pesci, Daniel Stern) plan to rob the McCallister residence, and that he alone must protect the family home.
*Possible spoiler ahead*
Most Memorable Moment: 1. “Keep the change ya filthy animal”, 2. Any of the slapstick gags when Pesci and Stern are trying to rob the house – amazing
Pros: Mackauley Caulkin phenomenal and a should have been a signal of great things to come with how iconic, funny, smug, and well-executed his performance is especially for a child actor, good script and execution, originality, great cast of characters, absolutely hilarious and genius in its slapstick, jokes, and gags like the gangster film, having the house to yourself as a kid (something we all used to fantasize about), and even dealing with the robbers, Joe Pesci and Daniel Stern unbelievably good and hilarious as some of the all-time most memorable villains imo in the Wet Bandits – their storyline hilarious, borderline scary when watching as a kid, and filled with some of the best and most intricately designed and thought-up only by a childlike imagination slapstick gags in the last 50 years honestly, just an overwhelming spirit of fun and childlike wonder that many holiday films, although excellent, are missing that reminds of what Christmas is really all about: feeling like a kid again, script very well-written with some surprising depth and character moments too like the church scene and family reuniting, great energetic scoring that keeps the pace up and fun,
Cons: The pallette can get way too crowded especially in the beginning with how stressfully and insanely overlarge the family is, idea that parents could seriously leave their kid behind a little preposterous (although somewhat lightened by the crowdedness)
Overall Rating: 8.7/10