'Home Alone' Review by Ammar Akhtar

Warning: This review may contain some spoilers of the movie.

Merry Christmas! In honor of the Christmas spirit, I decided to watch a classic Christmas movie and a personal holiday favorite of mine, 'Home Alone'.

I actually found out that this movie has a 55% on rotten tomatoes, which I found very odd because this movie is very good! It's inventive and pretty entertaining, but it still manages to capture that fun, kid-friendly adventure that director Chris Columbus is perfect at portraying.

One of my favorite aspects of the movie was the final act when the robbers come and invade Kevin's home. Some may find it cartoony, and although it is, I actually thought it worked. For one, this is the genius work of a kid! A small child like Kevin isn't capable of just using weapons to defeat his enemies, he's using his imaginative, creative, and childish mind. Also, it fits pretty well with the tone of the movie. For the most part, it's very comical and energetic, and that perfectly describes this scene. I thought some parts were actually pretty funny as well. For example, the part where Joe Pesci's head caught on fire made me laugh just by his odd facial expression. It reminded me a lot of an episode from 'Tom and Jerry', which was great to see. I think Columbus definitely looked at those kinds of shows for inspiration.

Speaking of Pesci, he was pretty good in this movie! To me, he looks like Anger from 'Inside Out'. If you make him angry, his small body will begin to boil! He's very funny in this role and although it isn't anything serious, he did a great job for what it was. He wasn't trying to be anything serious, but did something pretty funny/entertaining. He definitely achieved that in this movie. I also loved Macauley Culkin in this movie. For a small kid, he was very good. His character also was pretty intelligent for a small kid.

Along with that, the overall story isn't bad either. I think having Kevin treated badly by his family was great because it added more to his character, and gave him a purpose as to why he enjoyed staying alone. It was also good to see the mother attempting to find a way to get back to his son, but I was invested much more in Kevin's story rather than the mothers. I also found the storyline with the old man and Kevin to be a bit of a distraction and almost forced a lesson upon the audience. It definitely detracted from the main storyline of the home invasion. However, the finale when Kevin and his mother finally see each other was very heartfelt and emotional. I found it to be a really powerful scene in the movie. 

Overall, 'Home Alone' is a fantastic Christmas movie. It captures the holiday spirit while also having a very entertaining story fold out. The final scene was great and very funny based on it's cartoony nature, and the acting was pretty solid. While there are a few flaws, 'Home Alone' is a christmas classic based on it's fun, child-friendly nature that's perfect for the holidays!

MY SCORE: 8.5/10

P.S. It's the end of the year, and it's time to reflect back on the films that stood out among the rest. Yes, the top 10 movies of 2015 list will be coming out soon! Be on the look out for it!