When it came right down to it, Kevin McCallister had a few more sadistic leanings than your average eleven-year-old. And it turns out, that we rather like that in a young hero, especially during the season of giving. And make no mistake, Kevin had plenty to give, in the way of bowling balls, staple guns, BB guns, and that old archaic standby, a good old blast of fire – all in the name of protecting his beloved family home. His violent antics and precocious demeanor won the hearts of millions of moviegoers who made 1990’s Home Alone one of the most successful movies of all time.
The film chronicles the adventures of young Kevin, who is accidentally left behind amidst the chaos as his rather large family heads to the airport for a holiday vacation. Stranded, and feeling (rightfully) neglected, Kevin makes the most of the situation by taking advantage of his freedoms like any boy might. That is, until he is visited upon by two bumbling burglars (Daniel Stern and Joe Pesci) intent on robbing the McCallister home. They soon learn that, despite their height and age advantages, a formidable prepubescent opponent is standing in their way, ready to unleash a hellish counter-attack with a barrage of household items. What follows is sheer sadistic mayhem, with a few heartwarming messages about the spirit of Christmas and the importance of family thrown in for good measure.
It never hurts to have a producer with the track record of John Hughes, or the similarly talented Chris Columbus handling the directorial chores, but when it came right down to it, all eyes were on an impish newcomer named Macaulay Culkin who managed to steal the show in the role of Kevin and become one of the biggest child stars ever – not to mention increase Hughes’ bank account substantially. Sequels soon followed, although Macaulay would bow out after Home Alone 2: Lost in New York, which was a respectable hit in its own right.
If you were a fan of Home Alone, perhaps secretly hoping that you could unleash the same homegrown vengeance on some intruders one day, just like Kevin, we would love to hear your thoughts in our comments section.