Home Sweet Home Alone Movie Reviews: Christmas Reboot Disappoints

Home Sweet Home Alone, which is a Disney+ original reboot of the classic Christmas movie series, is getting a stock full of negative reviews.

Home Sweet Home alone, the reboot of the classic Christmas comedy series, received smut in its bottom in the form of a string of negative reviews. the Alone at home The phenomenon began in 1990 with the movie Chris Columbus starring Macaulay Culkin as Kevin McCallister, a suburban kid who is accidentally left home during his family’s Christmas vacation and has to use a variety of improvised traps. to defend his home against a pair of burglars known as the Wet Bandits. The same team united in 1992 to home alone 2and although the original cast and crew left the series at this time, it was followed by the theater home alone 3 in 1997 (with a young Scarlett Johansson) and TV movies Home Alone 4: Take Back Home in 2002 and Home Alone: ​​The Holiday Heist in 2012.


Home Sweet Home alonewhich attempts to resurrect the goodwill left behind by the original film duo, debuts on Disney+ tomorrow, November 12, 2021. The film was directed by Borat screenwriter Dan Mazer, from a screenplay by SNL ensemble member Mikey Day and writer Streeter Seidell. SNL Actors Kenan Thompson and Chris Parnell are also part of the cast, alongside Aisling Bea, Pete Holmes, Ally Maki and Timothy Simons. As Max Mercer, child actor Archie Yates, who was previously seen in JoJo Rabbit. The bandits he will face are played by Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidtis Ellie Kemper and Disasterit’s Rob Delaney. The film will also feature a cameo from the original Alone at homeDevin Ratray reprising the role of Buzz McCallister.

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Sadly, it looks like Disney+ hasn’t struck vacation gold with Home Sweet Home alone. Reviews were overwhelmingly negative, leaving the film with a 40% score on Rotten Tomatoes just a day before its premiere. The film’s positive reviews praise the fact that it will entertain children, but fans of the Alone at home franchise will likely see significant diminishing returns. They’ve also widely expressed their disgust that the burglar couple at the center of the film form the emotional core of the story, making it extremely unpleasant to watch them get brought down by this newcomer’s pranks. Check out quotes from some of the reviews below:

David Raven, Geek’s Lair

The unique ugliness of Home Sweet Home Alone’s cynicism, however, is that it’s not even particularly well-done nostalgia. Disney rolls out the red carpet when they mine their own vaults to remake animated classics or when they capitalize on a $4 billion investment in Lucasfilm. But Home Sweet Home Alone plays like an afterthought that’s been written on a spreadsheet somewhere – a project that will start with the Fox Marching Band as if it’s the grave robber who laughs at the grave he’s in. looting, but then has the sheer ineptitude or quiet embarrassment of not also shoehorning into the majestic John Williams Home Alone score at the top of the film. No, that bit of exploitation comes later. It doesn’t help then.

Kate Erbland, IndieWire

Most of this weirdness is baked into the film’s basic premise, who dares to ask: what if our brave kid was some kind of asshole? What if our crazy thieves had a good reason to commit crimes? What if this family comedy included jokes about OJ Simpson’s checkered past? What follows is an uneven mishmash, the most poorly planned holiday potluck, as “Home Sweet Home Alone” attempts to balance protagonists and antagonists, good guys and bad guys, adult humor. and the kid stuff, all topped off with plenty of nods to the first film.

Matt Fowler, IGN

It’s the franchise’s signature violence that makes the film particularly eerie. Naturally, you can’t have a movie Home Alone without a third act filled with buffoonery, but here it plays out like a squealing exposition. Like, as much as young kids love movies filled with slapstick, mess, and calamity, what do they think of people being kept from getting set on fire? Or have broken teeth? Don’t read too deep into Home Sweet Home Alone, since the original also featured a rich kid defending his McMansion, but the background noise of class warfare here makes it so you don’t want to see Jeff and Pam, you know. , getting their ribs broken, or losing, uh, skin.

Courtney Howard, Variety

“Home Sweet Home Alone” takes everything audiences loved about the original directed by Chris Columbus and written by John Hughes and turns it on them. The sentimentality of the holidays mixed with slapstick violence strikes differently when the filmmakers not only swap roles of empathetic protagonist and dastardly antagonists, but also take a two-sided approach to entrench interest. While it might seem like an ingenious way to reinvigorate a long-running franchise in which a kid battles bumbling burglars, this Disney Plus offering maddeningly fails to address the aspects it so desperately and ambitiously seeks to change. Wicked, downright sloppy, and awkwardly unfunny, this rote feature reboot lacks holiday cheer.

Amy Nicholson, The New York Times

This leveling of the moral stakes reveals that Mikey Day and Streeter Seidell’s script is for nostalgics, not kids. It’s hard to imagine an elementary school student mocking a runner about the proliferation of alternative milks at the grocery store, even with the hopelessly whimsical woodwind score. And when the darts (and the kettlebells and the fishing lures) start flying, it’s the adults who learn a lesson about the meaning of family. Max’s emotional reveal mysteriously occurs offscreen in the middle of the film, minutes after he dresses up as Scarface and inhales whipped cream.

Ellie Kemper and Rob Delaney as Pam and Jeff in Home Sweet Home Alone

One thing to note is that not all reviews for the film have been aggregated yet. There will likely be even more reviews throughout the week, and the score will adjust to reflect that. Likewise, if it stays at 40%, it will still be a higher-rated movie than any other. Alone at home movie after the first entry. Same home alone 2 got a pretty lousy ranking at 34%.

Audiences probably already know whether they’ll watch or not Home Sweet Home alone. The enduring power of the original classic will likely be a big draw for Disney+ subscribers, regardless of critics’ opinions. It’s also definitely the franchise’s most opulent movie since the ’90s, so the novelty of seeing a bigger budget Alone at home once again can maintain the interest of many fans.

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