Home Alone 2: Lost in New York
New York City. The center of the universe. Many people dream of coming here because they have dreams of making it big in the big apple. Some just want to see the splendor that is of New York. I’ve been here only once, and that was back in 2004. It was a graduation trip for my older brother and I got to go. Coming from California, I was overwhelmed at first by seeing nothing but tall skyscrapers. Completely surreal compared to the lush Inland Valley of Murrieta. After a few days, I loved going to the top of the empire state building, seeing Avenue Q on Broadway and strolling through the Plaza Hotel. Though I’m not moving anytime soon, I had fun.
New York is often the biggest city to a child’s imagination. So it’s no surprise that they all want to visit sometime. Kevin McCallister gets his chance in Home Alone 2: Lost in New York. A sequel to the surprise hit of 1990, the stakes are raised as Kevin gets something bigger then his house; how about an entire city? Most of the cast returns as does writer John Hughes and director Chris Columbus. So how does it compare to the first one?
The McCallisters are getting ready for another Christmas vacation. This time they are heading to Miami. Things are pretty much the same as the extended family is back, bringing the same chaos as before. Things may be turning out better for Kevin (played by Macaulay Culkin) this year as he’s getting along better with his mother. This go amiss when his brother Buzz humiliates him during a Christmas Pageant. Kevin retaliates by pushing him, accidently causing the whole choir to go down and ruining the show. Feeling like the blame is always put on him, he wishes to have his own vacation. After a mix up in an airport that would never fly in today’s time, Kevin gets his wish when he discovers his destination to have tall buildings instead of beaches.
Stranded with his Dad’s bag (not to mention wallet), he heads into the city to give himself a Christmas break. For extra luxury, he stays at the Plaza Hotel where he orders a dessert dish so big that even Man vs. Food couldn’t finish. From a free limo to a trip to Duncan’s Toy Chest, his vacation is a kids dream. That is until the wet bandits (played by Joe Pesci and Daniel Stern) are also in the city. To stop a robbery, Kevin plants another house full of booby traps to out smart them.
Compared to the original, Home Alone 2: Lost in New York borrows a lot of story and jokes. For those looking for something different, you’ll be disappointed. But if you’re looking for much of the same (prank calls, slapstick, sentimental Christmas stuff, etc…), then this is perfect. Much of this movie does feel rehashed, but I’ll admit to laughing at some of stunts.
I’ll give this three and a half Plaza hotels out of five. It may not be as good as the first Home Alone, but it does fine with what their given. I’m stopping at this movie, and not looking at the rest of the franchise.