The doomed year is finally ending! And with cases still rising, ’tis the season for staying indoors, keeping warm, and unwinding with a good TV show or movie. The true cornerstone of its holiday collection is actually a trilogy that arrived courtesy of Disney’s merger with Fox.
Celebrate the holidays with the Home Alone trilogy
Arriving in 1990 under the creative direction of producer John Hughes, the first Home Alone film immediately made a splash and quickly rose to the top of holiday must-watch lists everywhere. Between Macaulay Culkin’s portrayal of the clever-beyond-his-years Kevin McCallister, Joe Pesci and Daniel Stern’s hilarious chemistry as the villainous (but not that bright) Wet Bandits, and a healthy dose of Hughes’ signature comedic touch, it’s no wonder the film went on to spawn a myriad of sequels over the years, the first two of which are also available to stream on Disney+.
Following Home Alone’s massive success, Home Alone 2: Lost in New York hit theatres in 1992, once again pitting Kevin against his thieving adversaries. This time, however, he wasn’t defending his home from them, but Mr Duncan’s (Eddie Bracken) toy store that they plotted to rob on Christmas Eve.
Much like the first film, the sequel is very well-regarded and is credited for its incredibly touching tale about the real meaning of the holidays. On that criteria alone, it’s more than worthy of a Christmastime watch.
Home Alone 3 does stick to the series’ hallmark of fun
Even though it isn’t as recognizable as its predecessors, Home Alone 3 from 1997 is just as worthwhile to check out to round out the trilogy. The first in the franchise to not include Culkin, Pesci, or Stern, the film stars Alex D. Linz as 8-year old Alex Pruitt who’s left to defend his house from a cunning group of four burglars aligned with a North Korean terrorist organization.
It may sound like a slight departure from those that came before it, but rest assured, Home Alone 3 manages to stick to many of the series’ hallmarks for a fun viewing experience.
If you’re in the market for a handful of entertaining and heartwarming flicks to conjure up some positive energy this holiday season, it doesn’t get any better than the Home Alone trilogy. Given they’re currently eligible from streaming on Disney+ right now, it’s never been easier to access these classics from the comfort of your own living room.