“I won’t forget you; trust me” – Kevin McCallister
These are the last words uttered by Kevin (Macaulay Culkin) in HOME ALONE 2 : LOST IN NEWYORK which is also the last movie of the HOME ALONE duo logy. There have been a few more installments following this to add up to the HOME ALONE franchise however none of them starred Macaulay Culkin and the rest of the cast and none of them really did manage to live up to the first two installments. What more is new when it comes to sequels?
This time around Kevin is not left behind by his family. Whilst the beginning of the movie is identical to that of the first movie, this time Kevin does manage to get all the way to the Chicago airport with his entire family. However a slight battery included incident separates him from his family and Kevin once again is left behind. His family heads off to Miami while Kevin boards the wrong plane and is flown into the Big Apple; New York. Here in New York Kevin keeps on finding trouble and is reunited with his nemesis the “Wet Bandits” (Joe Pesci and Daniel Stern)
I find that Daniel Stern requires recognition in this article since his contribution towards the humorous aspects of the motion is priceless. It’s not certain how Stern found the high pitched scream that he nails on many occasions but that scream is indeed his signature move. Marv (Daniel Stern) and Harry (Joe Pesci) aka “The Sticky Bandits” as they call themselves in HOME ALONE: LOST IN NEWYORK bring to the audience the Scrooge and Grinch that we all dislike. Kevin who is ten years old is the Christmas Spirit that sets things straight once again. Macaulay Culkin yet again sails through with confidence for a 10 year old displays talent that may be considered uncanny. It does not take long to fall in love with the little mischievous Kevin as he fends for himself against the sticky bandit saving Christmas once again; this time not for himself but for some very special children.
Indeed it is a time for giving and sharing. This is what Chris Columbus works his magic around. The entire family motion picture builds around the message of Christmas although there is very little reference to a Church or Christ. One need not be at home nor be in church or even be an adult to spread the joy and spirit of the season. Intently or unintentionally this core message does seep through during this hilarious festive movie.
It took me some time to notice it but did you know that the theme music played in HOME ALONE is very similar to that of the first HARRY POTTER movie? Maybe it is a superstitious belief for Chris Columbus in reaching out for success.
A great movie to spend time on this festive season and as Kevin’s quote states neither would I forget HOME ALONE.
TITLE: HOME ALONE: LOST IN NEW YORK
DIRECTED BY: CHRIS COLUMBUS.
STARRING: MACAULAY CULKIN, JOE PESCI, DANIEL STERN and CATHERINE O’HARA
RATED: PG 13
RUNTIME: 120 MINUTES