Like all true 90’s kids, I have been anxiously awaiting the chance to relive my favorite tale of holiday-hi-jinks on the big screen – Home Alone. In remembrance of twenty-five years since Kevin’s first victory over the “Wet Bandits”, the film will be released for two nights (non-consecutively, mind you) this upcoming week.
Home Alone remains one of the most profitable comedy films ever made. Following release in November of 1990, it topped the box office for 12 straight weeks, and remained in theaters until the following June. But the real success of the film transcends profits and clever screen writing; as the film has managed to cement itself firmly in Nineties nostalgia somewhere between The Adventures of Captain Planet, Nirvana, and the Mighty Morphing Power Rangers.
Two decades into the new millennium, the film is a warm reminder of how the world was in the pre-digital age. For a moment we can travel back in time to a world before Skype, when internationally calling was actually a complication. We can graciously relive the innocent freedom which we once took so for granted prior to instantaneous and ubiquitous cellphone communications. Or we can once more travel through airport security with ease as we did prior to September 11th.
Yes, the film is highly impractical, and despite John Hughes skillful attempts to pave over the potential plot holes; I can not help but feel that future generations will be missing out. Children no longer have the luxury of day dreaming about fortifying their house from the world’s seemingly worst criminal masterminds, when their mother is only facetime away. In today’s world, Kevin’s mother could have simply tweeted at him from France, or simply Ubered home from Pittsburg.
We will never see another Home Alone. Well, we might see another shoddy made-for-T.V. knockoff, but we will not see another holiday classic like the original. Much has been made in recent years of the utter impracticality of the film in the modern world which we live today. Aside from that, no film today would be able to withstand the social backlash of a children’s film featuring comedic cartoon violence. We now live in a world where it is not acceptable for the burglars to be crushed by a tool chest falling down a flight of stairs.
I hope you all welcome the chance you relive your childhood, I know I am going too.