Starring: Macaulay Culkin, Joe Pesci, Daniel Stern, Catherine O’Hara, John Heard, John Candy
Directed by: Chris Columbus
Synopsis: An 8-year-old boy who is accidentally left behind while his family flies to France for Christmas must defend his home against idiotic burglars.
I need to say nothing about this film really. I didn’t even need to put a synopsis above this review, as I’m fairly sure everyone on earth has seen it at one stage or another. If you are one of the unfortunate few who hasn’t seen it, please do so as soon as possible, it’s amazing!
I was about ten when this came out, so the prime age for some booby trap madness set at Christmas. And the thing is, twenty-three years on, it still doesn’t get old. All of the cast are fantastic, Joe Pesci even manages to refrain from swearing which is a huge achievement seeing as the film he made immediately next to this was Goodfellas. What a contrast THAT is! This was also kind of the height of Macaulay Culkin fever as well, and he really is a sweet kid in this. There are numerous, famous, funny scenes and also some real touching moments, with the scary old neighbour, and Kevin’s (Culkin) mum.
This film can’t fail to raise your spirits no matter what time of year you watch it to be honest, it really has aged well and I can’t really fault it I don’t think.