Disney Plus is kicking off the holiday season early with some new movie releases including Home Sweet Home Alone. A spinoff of the original Home Alone movies, this version introduces a new child protagonist up against two people trying to save their home from foreclosure. Read on for a movie review of Home Sweet Home Alone streaming on Disney Plus!
“Max Mercer is a mischievous and resourceful young boy who has been left behind while his family is in Japan for the holidays. So when a married couple attempting to retrieve a priceless heirloom set their sights on the Mercer family’s home, it is up to Max to protect it from the trespassers…and he will do whatever it takes to keep them out. Hilarious hijinks of epic proportions ensue, but despite the absolute chaos, Max comes to realize that there really is no place like home sweet home.“
Home Sweet Home Alone review
What makes the original Home Alone so charming is that it shows a harried family trying to make it to a once-in-a-lifetime Christmas trip while juggling horrible in-laws, a child on their own, and all the obstacles that get in the way of reuniting a family. Home Sweet Home Alone shares some of those same themes with a family trying to save their home during the Christmas season and a resourceful (and slightly annoying) little boy protecting his home.
Let’s get past the idea of a family actually leaving a child home alone as believable and get to the core of the movie. The original Home Alone had two cartoonish villains, Ellie Kemper and Rob Delaney bringing a different and much-needed vibe to the movie. They are two parents who are about to be foreclosed on trying to get back an heirloom that if they sell, will save their home. Honestly, my family rooted for the “villains” rather than the little boy, pointing out that Max (Archie Yates) kicked off the whole conflict when he was rude and seemingly stole the heirloom doll.
Interspersed between the parents getting pelted with Legos, food, and worse are some clever jokes (the VR sequence is truly hilarious) and a cameo from the original movies that actually makes sense. My family immediately recognized Devin Ratray as Buzz McCallister, now a local cop who doesn’t believe that Max was left home alone because his “brother tries that joke on him every year.”
Home Sweet Home Alone makes for a fun family holiday movie night but don’t expect it to truly capture the magic of the originals.
Rating: 3/5 stars