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Thursday, May 31, 2007

Home Alone: A great any time watch movie

Home Alone was a tremendously successful movie. Released in 1990, it is still remembered today as an incredible comedy. Starring Macaulay Culkin as Kevin McCallister, a 8 year old boy, and starring Joe Pesci and Daniel Stern as 2 bumbling bandits who are trying to steal Kevin's house when he is Home Alone. This movie made Macaulay as a world star, and earned a great deal. It was made on a budget of $15 million and earned more than $450 million worldwide, which makes it a tremendous money making machine.
Home Alone is the kind of movie that you can watch again and again for the humour contained in it. Even though the humour is essentially a series of misfortunes directed at the 2 bandits, the speed and sequence of the events ensure that you are laughing through most of them; it also helps that the events are orchestrated by a kid against 2 grown up robbers.
The movie is essentially about Kevin getting left behind home when the whole family goes on vacation. On the evening just before the vacation, Kevin has an argument and gets sent to an upstairs bedroom, and when the family wakes up late, they rush to get to get to the airport in time. In all the commotion, Kevin gets left behind and wakes up to an empty house. He enjoys the empty house to some extent, but starts missing his family soon.
Given all this is happening just around Christmas Eve, there is a fair amount of snow and Christmas Spirit, and Kevin meets a feared neighbour, Marley and discovers that Marley is just separated from his family, and is otherwise not to be feared at all. In the meantime, there is a group of bandits called the 'Wet Bandits' because they leave a running tap in house where they break into. They see a number of empty houses all ready to steal into while their owners are away for vacation.
The bandits plan to break into Kevin's house, and he discovers this. And this is where the real action begins. He prepares a battle plan and lays a series of traps, which includes putting grease on the house entrance, putting a fire torch to burn whoever enters, heating up the door opener to burn the hand, putting tacks near the window, and a number of other obstructions. In such a way, he prevents them from entering the house for a fair amount of time, and when they finally enter after much bruising, they face a number of other obstacles. For a list of all the traps that they faced, refer to this Wikipedia article.
They are getting more mad, and finally, after much beating at the hands of the various traps, they manage to capture Kevin. Unfortunately for the bandits, at that time, the neighbour Marley intervenes. Eventually, Kevin is re-united with his family. This movie can be enjoyed at any time, and kids really love it.

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