Retro Review: Home Alone (1990)


We here at Buttery Popcorn Movies will also be providing retro reviews where we take a look at a movie that is at least 20 years old and is considered a "classic" movie. We review the movie and then answer the question - does the movie still stand the test of time? The first movie we are going to do a retro review for: Home Alone.

When I watched this movie, it was an instant classic. It had everything one could ask for as a child: action, laughs and best of all, a child defeating some adults :) As a child, this movie was nothing but amazing and the stunt that Kevin does where he slides down the stairs was definitely repeated; however, someone definitely went to the hospital (unlike Kevin). Regardless, the movie as a child provided a lot fun and it was definitely watched as much as possible on VHS.

When I got in my 20s and now in my 30s, I have seen Home Alone a number of time but it just does not have the charm it had for me when I was a child. It just became another movie, just no longer an amazing movie. Despite this, there was still something to the movie that made it memorable to watch and I was not able to put my finger on it until recently. The movie reminded me of my childhood and that is what this movie represents to me - my childhood. While the plot of the movie was not as strong as I got older, what made the movie worth while to still watch was the reminder that I too was once a kid who tried to recreate some of Kevin's most memorable scenes. And let's be honest, how can this scene not make you laugh:

Final verdict: The movie represents how we age as individuals, we have different interests, life changes. Our interests become more complex. When I was a child, this movie was amazing and it represented all that was great with childhood - the freedom to play and have fun. As I got older the movie now represents something else, it no longer represents that fun movie, it's just a movie where a kid plays a bunch of tricks and lays a bunch of traps for two guys trying to rob his house. The movie just does not have the allure it had when I watched it as a child. There is one thing it will always represent: it reminds me of the winter holidays and frankly the holiday time is always a fun period (aside from the fact that my birthday is during December). For some reason, folks are nicer and it just is just more of fun period during the year. So what is the conclusion for the movie, does it stand the test of time? If you watch the movie for the plot, then no. But if the movie means something more, say a childhood memory or a reminder of how amazing the holiday season, then yes the movie does pass the test of time.


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