End Of The Week Shorts #21 extract: Home Alone 2: Lost In New York (1992)
It's not perfect, and it's probably not as good as the first, but Home Alone 2 is still a brilliant movie.
If in a bad mood, the predictable nature of this movie and the plethora of ex machinas will probably annoy you. Seen in the right setting, usually with family - how close to the holidays doesn't really matter - this is endlessly entertaining. The slapstick in this movie is surprisingly good with Pesci and Stern proving again to be absurdly well cast. Culkin, too, revises his character well, putting on a performance that works despite the impossible heights of irresponsibility that his character strives towards in the first half of this movie. The score as well... excellent. John Williams is a pure genius. And all of this is managed and brought together near-flawlessly by Columbus.
All in all, Home Alone 2 is great fun and a movie I always find myself watching a few times a year.
P.S. The Donald Trump cameo is a little more striking than I think it was ever intended to be.