Genre: Adventure, Christmas, Comedy, Family.
Starring: Macaulay Culkin, Joe Pesci, Daniel Stern, John Heard, Catherine O’Hara, Tim Curry, Brenda Fricker, Eddie Bracken, Rob Schneider.
Year Of Release: 1992
Runtime: 120 Minutes
Director: Chris Columbus
Synopsis: “One year after Kevin was left home alone and had to defeat a pair of bumbling burglars, he accidentally finds himself in New York City, and the same criminals are not far behind.” IMDB
Full of charm and many repeated jokes and reference to the first film, this tries to capture the innocence and fun of the original, which it does in places, but other times comes over as a little recycled and devoid of real imagination. The same ideas and motives are used for the characters which is amusing at first, but what was charming the first time now just drags a little as you wait for the pay-off of another booby-trapped finale (actually more painful than the first!). However this time with a good 10mins extra run time, it does drag in places it doesn’t really need to and sometimes feels like they’re trying too hard to make something more of the film when, really, it’s a template copy of the shorter first film.
Our returning stars are all on fine form, delivering the comedy and emotion expected from their characters – Kevin is more confident and brave in his actions, but still isolated and alone (it makes you think after his experiences if he is psychologically scarred!). The Sticky Bandits are still as dumb and dangerous as ever, and the McCallister family still do what every other parent would in a convincing way.
New comers Tim Curry as the Plaza Hotel concierge and Brenda Fricker as the Pigeon Lady (a mirrored role to Old Man Marley), do well and add some new blood to the proceedings, even if Fricker’s character is a recycled device from the first to scare Kevin, enlighten Kevin and then save Kevin. Curry is on fine, slimy form and steals every scene he is in with that inimitable delivery.
Culkin, Pesci and Stern pick up where they left off a good 50mins into the film (the first half deals with Kevin living it up in the city) and we have plenty of slapstick, non-violent danger and a few laugh out loud moments in the finale thanks to Stern’s physical and vocal acting as he is hit in the face with bricks, electrocuted and stapled.
From the opening sequence, to the closing credits, this is a step by step “remake” of the first film, but in a much larger, more opportunist world where we remove the house and put in a city. It’s still enjoyable in places and is full of that festive sentiment and good-natured spirit, but just doesn’t hold up to the original.