New Disney Plus movie trailer Home Alone doesn’t look like a fun time
Disney Plus has unveiled the first trailer for its Home Alone revival, which bears the less Google-friendly title of Home Sweet Home Alone. Technically, this is the fifth Home Alone movie in the franchise, following the first two movies you know and love, the third without Culkin from 1997 that you might like, and the two straight to DVD that we all try not to think of. . .
The trailer, however, does quite reach his purpose. Sounds … acceptable.
On paper, everything seems to match Home Sweet Home Alone: Jojo Rabbit’s Archie Yates plays the boy who finds himself home alone, while Ellie Kemper and Rob Delaney play the husband and wife thieves he has to brutalize. creatively as they invade her home. Other cast members include Aisling Bea as the mother of a family, and Buzz from the Original Movies makes an appearance in the trailer, suggesting a vast, extended fictional universe of boys left at home.
It’s just not very funny. Reception seems a bit mixed on YouTube towards the trailer, with around 2,600 up votes to 1,900 down votes at the time of writing. As one user put it, “I can’t wait to see how they can make this premise work in an age when everyone has a phone.”
Watch the trailer below, then read on if you want to hear us complain a bit more about it:
Home Sweet Home Alone releases exclusively on the streamer on November 12 – the same day Shang-Chi airs on Disney Plus.
And now: no more complaints
There’s only one great Home Alone movie, and that’s the original. You might find the second or third charming, built on a nostalgia foundation, and they certainly have their moments, but that’s basically a premise that only gets worse the more you do.
What’s wrong with this one, based on the trailer, is the lack of good jokes or charm. Young actor Archie Yates has certainly turned out to be a great performer in Jojo Rabbit, but the protagonist here just appears to be a classy, slightly smarmy British boy – he has the energy of the “great actor from the early Harry Potter films”. Being compared to Macaulay Culkin is just a tough break for anyone though, so this movie has always faced an uphill battle in that regard.
Return to the trailer: This boy’s house is gigantic, and his parents can afford a family trip to Japan, even though they have around 40 children. Am I supposed to have sympathy for this kid? Damn, I hope the burglars win – just think about how insured this place is. They can afford to lose a few lights and laptops to the victims of the wealth gap.
These are all criticisms that you can also level at the original Home Alone, of course. We’re just flippant because, on paper, it should sound more fun than it looks in the trailer. Alongside Kemper and Delaney, Rick and Morty’s Chris Parnell and Veep’s Timothy Simons are among the supporting players – so where’s the laughs?
Hopefully the hard edges of the original weren’t fully sanded – it just looks very conventional and harmless. We wouldn’t put too much money into there being a big twist that’s hidden in this teaser (imagine the burglars were secretly the boy’s real parents, and he only found out after he got them. thrown in jail – it would ruin a lot of Christmases).
There’s arguably an element of repression when you criticize something that is squarely aimed at children – but Home Alone has more baggage than that, as the target audience is split between younger viewers and older fans of the films.
Still, we hope the kids watch this and have a good time – and that includes kids up to 40.