Home Alone Is Getting A Reboot And Mum! You Better Come Out And Stop This!
You can practically hear the synth chimes and rhythmic sleigh bells and instantly recognise the theme song as belonging to Home Alone. It was the 1990 hit film that turned the Christmas movie on its head, presenting something of an ET-like flavour after the McAllister family leave for a holiday, forgetting their son Kevin who remains at home. As Kevin is forced to fend off two burglars – the hilariously well-cast Joe Pesci as Harry, and Daniel Stern as Marv – slap-stick humour ensues, all couched in Christmas sentimentality.
It was long before the days of Love Actually and Elf, but Home Alone was so well-received it instantly garnered a reputation as a “Christmas classic”, catapulting newcomer Macaulay Culkin to fame in the process. The film grossed a $US476 million worldwide box-office total and went on to spawn four sequels (but as any OG fan will tell you, don’t bother watching the ones in which Culkin doesn’t star) as well as insults that became entrenched in pop culture: “You’re what the French call les incompetents!”
A tremendous feat of cinema, Home Alone stands as one of those films that really shouldn’t be messed with. But as reports from Disney suggest, it’s now the latest franchise to suffer the fate of the reboot treatment. The film is now being put to a new generation of fans, along with other versions of Fox properties such as Diary of a Wimpy Kid and Night at the Museum. The decision is all thanks to Disney’s acquisition of Fox properties in March, leading to the forthcoming streaming service, Disney+ that will launch on November 12. Now, it seems that Disney+ is working hard to ensure it has a number of viewing options and original content under its belt when it finally goes live.
But as expected, news of the reboot has not been met with great enthusiasm. You could say a minor revolt started as soon as whispers of the beloved film being remade first surfaced, and they’ve only intensified since the main star – Culkin himself – posted his reaction to the news.
Sat on a rather forlorn-looking couch was Culkin, eating some kind of microwavable meal over his laptop and wearing an ill-fitting singlet under a stained flannel. Ah yes, this is what it truly means to be home alone in the modern world, especially now since the main character Kevin would likely have replaced his infatuation with toys with Netflix and online gaming.
Meanwhile in the Twitterverse, there were mixed feelings regarding the news. Droves of users pleaded with Disney to keep its hands off the 1990 original, with fans resorting to various memes and quips from the film to vocalise their dismay (you can bet there were a number of “Ya filthy animals!” thrown around for good measure).
A big question concerning the reboot is just what it might look like. Is it going to be set in the ‘90s for prime nostalgia feels? Or will it be a modern-day interpretation of the classic, in which case…how does the drama unfold when Kevin can essentially just text his parents or call them on his mobile (because let’s be honest, which kid doesn’t have one these days?). And if that’s the case, does the basic premise of the movie even work? We’re inclined to say no.
It’s hard to imagine just how Disney even came upon this decision to remake Home Alone. From our perspective, the movie is perfect and as everyone knows, you don’t mess with perfection. But perhaps they don’t care. You only need to look at the atrocity that was the live-adaptation of The Lion King to see that nostalgia is a never-ending cash cow.