When news of plans to reboot the Home Alone franchise were leaked by Disney pre-pandemic we had hoped, that like most things affected by COVID, this would never see the light of day. Unfortunately Disney pulled out all the plugs and here we have our first trailer for the completely unnecessary reboot of the much loved Christmas movie franchise.
The official plot of Home Sweet Home Alone rattles along like so:
‘10-year-old Max Mercer has accidentally been left at home by himself for the holidays when his family goes on a trip to Tokyo, Japan. Now he must work to defend his home from a married couple who arrives there to steal a priceless heirloom.’
Apart from the fact that Macaulay Culkin has been replaced with Archie Yates, who was amazing in JoJo Rabbit the trailer presents a pretty unremarkable story, swapping out the unforgettable Wet Bandits, (Joe Pesci and Daniel Stern), for a characterless, bickering married couple played by Rob Delaney and Ellie Kemper. Let’s be honest the charm of Pesci and Stern being battered and beaten was the very reason Home Alone and it’s sequel worked so well. Even from our brief look at this reboot it’s apparent that that same charm is devoid.
A main aspect of the original which they’ve retained for this reboot is that the kid comes from an incredibly wealthy family which means he has the run of an enormous house when he is ‘left alone’. They could’ve changed up the social status of the kid or even the location just so it had a difference…any difference.
It’s also unclear if this is an actual reboot or a belated sequel as Devin Ratray, who played Buzz McCallister from the original Home Alone, pops up in what appears to be a cameo as a policeman which suggests that this movie is still set in the real time world of the original.
Home Sweet Home Alone will be available to watch on Disney+ on November 12th.