One of the most beloved and re-watched Christmas movies of the 90s has to be Home Alone. Even three decades later, we are still watching, posting and talking about how great this film is… but have you ever thought about what would happen if Kevin was left home alone now, 30 years on? Well, we have. In fact, we have a whole heap of thoughts on the subject. So, read on and see if you agree.
Please note, we’ve not included Covid-19 restrictions in the piece. This is a bit of fan fiction fun and Covid is far from fun.
Now, pizza may not be as important as leaving a minor on their own over Christmas. But it’s food and food is always important – plus it may even prevent Kevin being left up in the attic alone in the first place! At the beginning of the film, the McCallisters order 10 pizzas for the 4 adults and 11 children. The cost was quite high at $122.50, working out to be around $10 -$12 a pizza. Obviously, with inflation, that cost has gone up but not as much as you’d think: we are now talking about $15-$17 a pizza, so around $159.90 for 10 large pizzas.
It’s no longer 1993, so there are now so many delivery options with services such as Just Eat, Uber Eats and Deliveroo. Which not only do pizza but a whole host of cuisines and fast food chains too. So, I would imagine that not only could we bring that $159.90 figure down a bit, we could also give the family a bit of variety. For example, if they had ordered something like a McDonald’s or KFC, they could have their own meals.
Buzz wouldn’t have eaten Kevin’s and, in turn, he wouldn’t have pushed Buzz into the milk. This caused the disruption that meant Kevin had to sleep in the attic on his own, which made him so easy to miss in the morning leaving him home alone.
Also, the McCallisters would have already pre-paid for the food, so there would be no need for the delivery person to hang around in the hall. And, in that case, they probably would have been more concerned that there was also a policeman there.
I’d like to think that even in the early 90s the sight of a policeman, or someone posing as a policeman, would make anyone suspicious or take notice a little more. But obviously not in the McCallister’s house. Most people in the family just walked straight past him and didn’t immediately tell Peter or Kate.
But even when both the owners of the house saw him, they openly told him about their business without asking him more questions.
These days, we are a lot more aware of fraudsters and strangers in general, even if they are wearing a police uniform. 2020 Peter and Kate definitely won’t disclose their holiday plans without checking ID, and probably would have rung the police to check his authenticity. But, after you’d reported this strange behaviour, would it stop them going on holiday? Maybe not. After all, they’d probably have a Ring doorbell linked up to their phone anyway.
Before we get into the security apps that we have at our fingertips now. Which might prevent Harry and Marv from targeting the McCallister’s abode in the first place. There’s a small matter of the missed alarm due to the power shortage. The cause of the family getting frazzled, rushing, and ultimately leaving Kevin behind.
Now, we live in a world where most people over the age of 12 have their own mobile phones. Which in turn, means that over half of the people sleeping in the house that night would have a phone with their individual alarm set.
While the power cut could still have caused a problem if they were all on-charge with low battery. It is unlikely to have been the case for all the family phones. There still could have been some commotion as they search for power packs though, so maybe they could have still let Kevin behind home alone.
So, maybe they did still leave him and, true to the film, Kate only realised on the flight. Once they landed, they would have found somewhere to fully charge the phones and log into their Ring doorbell app to contact Kevin that way.
Also, with a house that size, you would like to think that, in 2020, they would have had security cameras connected to their phones. But, like in the film when the policeman went round to check in, maybe a home alone Kevin got scared by the Ring doorbell too. In that case, at least his parents would be able to see that he was alive and keep an eye on him while they call the police to send someone around.
They could even tell them what room he was in as he hides.
Police and social services
So, let’s be honest with each other here, the police department in Home Alone was shocking!
We all get that it’s Christmas and a busy period, but the way Kate was treated on the phone was not great at all!
Firstly, could you imagine the backlash the police and social services would have had from this? Also, you know for a fact that this is a social media story waiting to happen as Kate was telling everyone about her son while she was trying to get a plane back.
All it would take is one person to listen in on the story, and it would have been posted on Facebook in a hot minute and viral within hours. Maybe social media could have helped and got some extended family over to Kevin too. Granted the McCallister’s would get some social backlash for leaving their son, but at least they would get someone closer to get him.
I think if this were to happen now, the police would take this more seriously. Especially if they could get a link to the security cameras and see Kevin running about. Social services would have been on the case straight away to get a family member with him or to take Kevin to stay with someone else until his family returns.
To be fair, I would imagine the McCallister’s would probably get a tongue lashing from them too. But as the place would be empty would the Wet Bandits still have time to try and rob the house?
If Harry and Marv weren’t deterred by the amount of security cameras, or those Ring doorbells we’ve mentioned. If the police hadn’t started looking out for them after Kate’s call, when Harry was impersonating a police officer. And if Kevin did get taken away by another family member or social services, would they even have time to try and break in anymore? We think not.
There are almost double the number of flights in the 21st century. With so many small airline companies, so there would probably be more of a chance for the family, or at least Kate, to get a flight back earlier. Thus eradicating the need for John Candy’s much-loved cameo as Gus Polinski along with the Polka Kings of the Midwest – Sad face.
Basically, it looks likely that the whole storyline would be stopped in its tracks. Kevin would probably spend less than a day alone, and the bad guys plans would have been stopped or prevented quite early on.
But, as Kevin would be on his own for quite a few hours, he could still have time to watch a film, that he shouldn’t be watching, like ‘Angels with Filthy Souls,’. This film clip was inspired by the 1938 film ‘Angels with Dirty Faces’. But what would be a film he would go to now?
Peter and Kate would have either Netflix, Amazon Prime or both, and we think we have the perfect film for Kevin to watch. And, if he needed to use it, to trick a delivery person or in the case, the Wet Bandit’s did still try the break-in…Die Hard!
As Kevin thinks he has made his family disappear, why wouldn’t he spend $4 renting this classic film off of his mum and dad’s Prime account?
It has some great lines in it and Hans Gruber has the most menacing voice; it would fit the bill perfectly. Plus Die Hard also has several sequels, you know… just in case Kevin is left alone again… maybe in New York?
Even in 1993, if we really dissected it, the story was a little farfetched. If it was set in 2020, it is even more so, meaning it would be difficult for a company to do a remake of the film. Which is great news as it can stay perfectly preserved as a Christmas Classic without much fear of a remake.
I hope you enjoyed having a look at what could happen if Kevin was left Home Alone now. How did we do? If you have any other discussion points or points to make on this leave a comment below.
Which Home Alone traps would have killed Harry and Marv? Find out HERE.
Read IMDB information about Home Alone HERE.
10 Years Of Game Of Thrones
Since it first aired on 17 April 2011, Game of Thrones has captured the imagination of many fans from start to finish. But, after the lacklustre and rushed ending of this epic fantasy series in 2019, we find ourselves wondering: has its legacy been completely ruined? After 10 years is it worth looking again at the legacy of Game of Thrones? After all, like the fallen Ned Stark once said: “some old wounds never truly heal, and bleed again at the slightest word”.
Have Game of Thrones fan’s been hit too hard by the hurried and unjust ending? Are there storylines and characters within the eight seasons that make up for the less than favourable ending?
After looking back through the seasons, below are what we think are some of the best and most redeeming moments and characters within the series. These could be the reason why fans stay loyal to Game of Thrones and even get excited about future prequels or sequels. We already have next year’s Game of Thrones – House of Dragons series to expect.
WARNING: Only read on if you have watched the entire series as there are spoilers.
Sansa Stark becomes Queen of the North
We ended the series with Winterfell once again being led by a member of the House of Stark. Queen Sansa Stark (Sophie Turner), who regained The North as an independent Kingdom. This decision from the writers is easily the most satisfying conclusion to come out of the finale. And easily one of the best beginning to end character arcs in all Game of Thrones.
Starting out as quite an unfavourable character and the least liked Stark of the pack, mainly due to her spoiled and brattish behaviour. Sansa ended up being the character we were all rooting for. Especially when it came to regaining the north and standing her ground with Daenerys Targaryen – “What about the North”.
But it wasn’t an easy road for her to get to that point. She had to endure a lot of horrific scenes, storylines, and marriages which shaped her character from a little bird to a Queen. But as Sansa said herself, whilst talking to The Hound/Sandor Clegane (Rory McCann), “Without Little Finger and Ramsey and the rest I would have stayed a little bird all my life”. We’re glad she didn’t stay a little bird and became the Queen the North.
Arya Stark kills the Night King
When it came to the death of the Night King there were only a handful of characters who could do the deed. But, if you were anything like us, we had our money firmly on Jon Snow (Kit Harington). But, it was his kick-ass little sister, Arya Stark (Masie Williams), that ended the long night. With a fatal blow to the Night King’s heart with her Valyrian Steel Dagger.
In this episode, there was hardly any dialogue, especially in the last 30 minutes, which made the whole cinematography of the final scenes so much more poignant. From the camera angles to the incredible score which was accompanied only by sound effects and the odd fighting shout of pain. It left us in suspense and just as we thought all hope was lost, as the Night King approached Bran Stark (Isaac Hempstead Wright) and fans started to believe that Game of Thrones was going to take another huge twist, winter was here to stay. Out came our hero from the dark, the epic shot where Arya was flying through the air will always be one of our all-time favourites.
The night before winter came
Another part of the final series that I think deserves some props, was episode two (mainly the last 30ish minutes). This episode was the calm before the storm. But it was also very well done, from this point, as a viewer we didn’t really know who was going to survive and who was going to die. Something that we were never sure with when watching Game of Thrones.
We managed to get some nice send-off scenes for most of the characters which kept the suspense alive. We saw Sansa and Theon Greyjoy (Alfie Allen) meet again, Arya and Gendry (Joe Dempsie) finally ‘get together’ but most notably there was a comical and heart-warming meeting by the fire with Tyrion Lannister (Peter Dinklage), Jamie Lannister (Nikolaj Coster-Waldau), Brienne of Tarth (Gwendolin Christie), Tormund Giantsbane (Kristofer Hivju), Davos Seaworth (Liam Cunningham) and Podrick Payne (Daniel Portman).
There were jokes, Brienne got knighted and we even got a song from Podrick. Which was made into a satisfying montage for other characters around Winterfell as well.
Arya Stark and the house of Frey
The demise of the House of Frey was indeed a good and a well-justified one. Positioned over the last episode of season six and the first episode of season seven. Arya Stark used her new newly found face-swapping abilities to first bamboozle Walder Frey (David Bradley) into eating a pie. Food made from his sons and then again to become Frey to poison the rest of the house.
This was the revenge we wanted for the fallen Starks of The Red Wedding and Arya was just the person to serve it! Because the revenge plot was separated between the two seasons it almost confused us fans. When we started to watch season seven and saw that Walder Fray was still alive the quick-minded ones of us straight away realised what was happening. Yet, there was a handful of us who looked just as confused at Frey’s wife/daughter who was standing next to him. That was until Arya took Walder Frey’s face off.
Cersei Lannister blows up the Sept of Baelor
Another example where the series utilises an amazing music score is in the last episode of season 10. Cersei Lannister (Lena Headey) finally goes all out with her vindictive evilness and blows up the Sept of Baelor. With her daughter in law Margaery Tyrell (Natalie Dormer), The High Sparrow (Jonathan Pryce) and a host of other people she didn’t like, locked inside.
The whole scene lasts about eight minutes and also includes Lancel Lannister (Eugene Simon), having his tendons slit by one of Lord Varys’s (Conleth Hill) little birds, so he couldn’t stop the destruction which was about to happen. There was also the violent demise of Pycelle (Julian Glover), once again by Lord Varys’s little birds. Which was orchestrated by the crafty Qyburn (Anton Lesser).
Whilst this is happening a very smug Cersei watches over the chaos, with a glass of red. But, one thing Cersei didn’t account for was after the acknowledgement of his new bride’s murder, her son, King Tommen (Dean-Charles Chapman) walked himself out of the window to his death.
Battle of the B**tards
Most of the battle scenes in Game of Thrones are pretty epic, but The Battle of the B**tards was by far one of the best. Accompanied by a killer soundtrack and great sound effects this battle was both jaw-dropping and breathtaking.
From the moment Rickon Stark (Art Parkinson) was killed by Ramsey Bolton (Iwan Rheon) to the moment Sansa sets Bolton’s dogs on him, there was action scene after action scene that captivated all of us and also gave us the Winterfell redemption story we needed. The death of Ramsey Bolton was also the most satisfying death since that of King Joffrey Baratheon (Jack Gleeson).
In this section of high intercity scenes, we get to see Little Finger/ Lord Peter Baelish (Aidan Gillen) do something useful for once by bringing the Vale Knights of House Arryn to save Jon Snow from dying… for a second time.
Daenerys Targaryen and the unsullied
Daenerys Targaryen (Emilia Clarke) was a fan favourite from her first scene. But the admiration for her character grew and grew throughout the seasons. One of the most defining moments was when she visits Astapor on the search for an army to aid her in reclaiming the throne.
After meeting the hostile and pig-headed Kraznys mo Nakloz (Dan Hildebrand), Master of Astapor, Slaver and Unsullied overseer, who taunts Daenerys, believing she didn’t know how to speak Valyrian, he agrees to sell her all 8,000 Unsullied members for one of her dragons.
As most of their communications were through his servant Missandei (Nathalie Emmanuel) he believed Daenerys didn’t hear all the things he was saying. Which made the end scene so much more satisfying. Once the exchange is done, she has the Unsullied whip in hand and Krazny is trying to hold on to the dragon on a chain. She speaks to the Unsullied in clear Valyrian and finally tells Krazny who she is – Daenerys Stormborn of the House Targaryen the blood of old Valyrian.
The moment she tells the Unsullied to slay the masters and uttered the word Dracarys, will forever be the day when we truly started to see how badass she really is!
The red wedding
As horrendous as it is to watch it’s clear that the Red Wedding is still a highlight of season three and indeed the series.
Yes, we already knew by now that anything could happen in Game of Thrones. And blood and gore was a regular occurrence. But this scene took things to a new level with a blood bath no one saw coming… Not even King of the North Rob Stark.
This heart-stopping 10 minutes of cushion grabbing TV, not only saw the death of two of the most loved Starks Rob and Catelyn Stark but also the death of Rob’s wife and unborn child. As well as the betrayal of Roose Bolton a supposed friend of the Starks (Michael McElhatton) and the house of Frey.
This scene cemented for us that no one can predict what is going to happen when you play the Game of Thrones. You win or You Die, there is no middle ground.
The two most sassy characters
When it comes to Game of Thrones, I think we can all agree that the one thing they got right, time and time again was the casting. And this never rang truer than with Lyanna Mormont (Bella Ramsey) and Olenna Tyrell (Diana Rigg). They didn’t have the biggest parts within the series, but boy, did they make their presence known. It got to the point where we were just waiting for their scenes to see what would come out of their mouths next.
Who’s the most impressive pre-teen in the whole of Westeros? That’s right Lyanna Mormont. Even at 10 years old I wouldn’t mess with her. Through the whole three seasons she was in, she demanded and captivated the audience. She said it how it was, and she wasn’t scared of a single thing. She came in like a warrior, back chatting Jon Snow and Sansa and acting like a total boss. Finally, she went out like a warrior taking a giant walker down with her.
The original, potty-mouthed grandmother Olenna Tyrell had line after line of roasting stingers. No one was safe from her sharp-tongued antics. But the one person that was firmly on her radar was Cersei Lannister. Especially after Cersei killed her family in the sept. In true Olenna style, even after she had been fatally poisoned, she still had the last word, admitting to Jamie Lannister that it was her that killed his and Cersei’s son, King Joffrey Baratheon.
There you have it, some of our favourites and redeeming scenes from Game of Thrones after 10 years, what do you think? What are your favourite scenes or storylines? Let us know in the comments below.
Check out our seven lost plot threads from Game of Thrones HERE.
Read iMDB information on Game of Thrones HERE.
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