12 Days of Christmas: Home Alone

It might not officially be The 12 Days of Christmas, but FILM IN WORDS will still fill your festive viewing schedule with cheer. From beloved movies that have become an irreplaceable holiday tradition to cult and lesser known Xmas cuts that promise to subvert and haunt your holidays, there’s something for everyone all the way up to Christmas Eve.

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Words: Brody Rossiter
Twitter: @BrodyRossiter


Throughout FILM IN WORDS’ 12 Days of Christmas I’ve striven to offer up a veritable seasonal buffet of cinematic viewing options. 90s action, noughties rom-coms, noirish descents into December’s darkness, drug-fuelled raves, and nights of sexual deviancy have all decorated the site with their celebration and subversion of Christmas spirit. However, for this final Christmas Eve entry it seems only fitting to recall a personal favourite – especially since film lovers are also celebrating its 25th anniversary this year.

There’s very little I can say about Home Alone that hasn’t already been written on one of the countless blogs that populate the World Wide Web or excitedly remembered by individuals craving for a fix of this quintessential Xmas flick – especially at this time of year. You’ve either seen it, or somebody will show it to you, but isn’t that ultimately the point when it comes to the best Christmas movies?

Whether it’s personal nostalgia, the kind that encourages me to watch Die Hard 2 every year on Christmas Eve (I know it’s not as good as the first and I don’t care!) or a tradition that must be upheld amongst friends and family, Christmas movies enliven us and draw people together in a way that is becoming increasingly unfamiliar.

Yes, the latest blockbuster encourages conversations and arguments that span countless countries, mediums and social media platforms, and perhaps families and friendship groups plan trips to cinema to marvel at their many big-budget wonders. However, Christmas movies gather us together inside our homes to embrace their many undeniable eccentricities and irreplaceable qualities.

Home Alone is a movie in which the estrangement between Macaulay Culkin’s eight-year-old Kevin, and his family, but particularly his mother, Kate (Catherin O’Hara), is ultimately the cause for sorrow, loneliness and fear. That separation also leads to great heroism which materialises in the form of a bit of the old ultra-violence, moving reconciliations and touching reunions. You don’t need me to tell you how Home Alone is a perfect Christmas movie; I just hope you find somebody to enjoy it with this holiday season. And when you do, send them to this website; I’ll consider your present to me. Merry Christmas film lovers!

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