MUPPET CHRISTMAS CAROL?
I have a Christmas tradition which answers the question for me.
HOME ALONE is just as dated in its way as Dickens' Christmas Carol.
Yet for me it is forever young.
indeed, a bygone age that doesn't make sense anymore viewed from the 21st century.
The entire premise of HOME ALONE is now an impossibility,
because how could a child end up accidentally abandoned
and declared missing in this new Millennium of mass communication?
With post-War on Terror airport security checks being what they are,
the McCallister parents couldn't possibly get on a plane to Paris without noting that one of their group is AWOL.
Today, Kevin would be live-tweeting his ordeal,
sticking giddy selfies all over cyberspace and then - if he started to feel frightened and forlorn -
signing-in to Skype to sing Christmas carols to his folks in France.
It's actually quite fascinating and strangely comforting to revisit
this quaint pre-internet, pre-mobile phone era of VHS tapes and 4:3-ratio TVs.
And with regard to its precise place in history,
as a film it also marks the timely convergence of John Hughes in his peak
with a star about to go nova and a cultural environment that was ideal
for HOME ALONE's explosion as an international mega-hit.
The film deftly uses Christmas as a narrative engine on which to power a resonant comedy-action-drama.
This fun movie continues to resound in the hearts of all children, no matter the age of their bodies.
The secret to HOME ALONE's longevity
is its delicate balancing of a sense of peril and menace
with a sense of fun and a sense of sweet Christmas-ness:
all elements beautifully expressed by John William's wonderful score.
WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE CHRISTMAS MOVIE