Film Watch – 380. Home Alone

380-home-aloneFast Facts

Title: Home Alone
Director: Chris Columbus
Year: 1990
Run time: 1 hr 43 mins

Background Info

I’ve had a hankering to watch this for a long while now, remembering that the last time I watched it I pretty much laughed solidly for the last half an hour. Unfortunately, it’s not been available digitally until very recently, but as soon as it was, we set up a viewing. As it coincided with Christmas, we opted for a Sidepodfilmclub watching of the film, which can be seen with Factbyte Factbox and live comments here. As always, it means the timings are slightly less accurate than normal.

Live Blog

1:00 – That is a mahoosive house. All for one family!
5:00 – “When I grow up and get married, I’m living alone. Do you hear me? I’M LIVING ALONE.”
19:00 – Parents in first class, all the kids in coach. Well, almost all of them.
23:00 – A hatch down to a laundry basket. I need that in my life!
27:00 – The feeling that you forgot something is awful enough before you realise it’s your own kid!
28:00 – The Grinch! Film watch inside a film watch.
33:00 – That’s Mr Heckles! Friends reference.
45:00 – The party is pure genius, but why do they have so many mannequins hanging around the house?
52:00 – He’s being pretty responsible with the weekly shop. How is it not all crisps and chocolate?
57:00 – I’m really enjoying the stock footage of all the planes.
58:00 – Also, commence the Planes, Trains and Automobiles bit.
1:09:00 – It’s nice how the choir lowered their volume just in time for the conversation to take place. Like when the jukebox stops in Eastenders.
1:14:00 – Love his map of the house.
1:19:00 – Considering how it’s gone so far, an open door must be a red flag to these silly burglars.
1:21:00 – I don’t remember this being quite so painful to watch!
1:24:00 – “Why’d you take your shoes off?” “Why are you dressed like a chicken?”
1:30:00 – They’ve hung the kid up on the door by his sweater. That’s some strong wool.
1:35:00 – It must have taken him a while to tidy up from all the mess.
1:37:00 – “Just hung around.”

Conclusions

Overall this still holds up really well, a great story and pretty well acted throughout. I read or heard someone talking about re-watching this as an adult and how it just wasn’t as good because the scenes with the burglars were just too painful. It definitely was more difficult to watch but I still enjoyed it – even if I did have to cover my eyes on occasion.

Rating: 4/5

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