‘Home Alone’ unsweet, unsatisfying remake


Remember that feeling you had sitting with your family, cozily sipping hot chocolate and laughing maniacally as “The Wet Bandits” were brutally floored by Kevin McCallister’s booby traps in the original “Home Alone?” Well, you are in for a rude awakening.

“Home Sweet Home Alone” was released on Nov. 12, in time for the Christmas craze, it was not worth paying for.

This revamped version follows the story of spoiled and rude ten-year-old Max Mercer, retreating to the garage to hide from his family members the night before leaving for Japan. Predictably, he is left behind as his family members think he is in the other Uber.

While there are a few features to love about the 2021 remake of the childhood classic, “Home Sweet Home Alone” falls short.

For one, the movie made it difficult to pick a side. In the 1990 version, there is no backstory to “The Wet Bandits,” Harry and Marv, except that they are looking for quick cash. 

In the 2021 version, the villains, Jeff and Pam, try to protect their family and keep their home. The movie shows the struggling couple breaking into the Mercer’s home to retrieve a priceless doll they believe Mercer stole during their open house.

Too much time is spent rationalizing the couple committing a crime. The movie paints Pam and Jeff as loving parents down on their luck and ignores building Mercer’s character. 

It’s difficult to sympathize with Max and leaves a nasty taste in your mouth when he steals toys from the toy drive for less-privileged children.

Buzz McCallister, Kevin McCallister’s evil brother from the classic “Home Alone,” is featured in the 2021 version as a policeman. Devin Ratray plays Buzz in both versions but becomes an incompetent cop 30 years later. 

An example of his incompetence is when a call comes in that a child has been left home alone, but he thinks it’s his brother playing a fun Christmas joke.

The genius planning and plotting that made the 90s version so hilarious was disappointing in this remake. 

The first traps were not even because of Mercer’s ingenuity but due to a lack of common sense on the couple’s part. 

Plus, most of the traps Mercer set were mediocre and did not offer enough comedic value.

The end of the movie takes a 180-degree turn from the original  and makes the audience even more confused when the burglars get away scott-free without any legal repercussions.