Home Sweet Home Alone Review
The 1990 original Home Alone is essentially a Looney Tunes cartoon brought to life by Macaulay Culkin's Kevin unleashing a violent and gleefully violent vengeance on two burglars who are rotten. This sequel-slash-remake doesn't have the same smug sense of anarchy. It appears to be declawed, but makes the odd decision of making burglars who would be the true protagonists of the story. The result will not be without some laughs however, it's an absurd, pointless story.
Jojo Rabbit's Archie Yates plays Max, the wealthy kid who is forgotten when his family of seven is rebooked on various flight routes to Tokyo. After a misunderstanding earlier in the day, the average pair Pam (Ellie Kemper) and Jeff (Rob Delaney) are on the lookout for an antique German figurine they believe Max took from their home, which leads to a string of miscommunications which escalate into slapstick tricks and traps.
The issue is that even if the thieves don't look terrible they'll make the traps seem sadistic rather than satisfying. There's nothing satisfying about watching someone who is generally nice having their feet burned or being smacked on the face with increasing weighty objects by an entitled , rich child. It's possible to be thankful that the traps of this season are not as deadly. The time that is devoted towards Pam and Jeff isn't spent making people feel sympathy for Max and providing him with the development that barely has gave Culkin's Kevin worth cheering for in the fight against Wet Bandits.
Another problem is the abundance of comedy talents in supporting roles such as Jim Rash to Kenan Thompson which are given no chances to show their talents. It's an issue in the sense that there's a empty space in the film. There's a sense that somebody has attempted to give a new dimension to once unredeemable villains and neglected the heroes. However, the time spent on them is a snare to Max and his mom (Aisling Bea), reduced to a light imitation to Culkin as well as Catherine O'Hara's unforgettable performances on the first. If you do not let your villains be bad the heroes are people who aren't.