Film Score Friday: Home Alone

It’s December, and we only have 2 Fridays left for this semester! So, I get to decide on ONLY 2 movies to watch this month…and they have to be Christmas-related!

Side note: a great Christmas movie (for me) is one that makes me feel warm and fuzzy just by listening to the score. Movies in the running included “A Charlie Brown Christmas,” “Scrooged,” “The Muppet Christmas Carol,” “The Grinch,” and “Miracle on 34th Street” (1994). Each of these movies have me all choked up and teary-eyed near the end!

Narrowing my choices down to TWO was quite difficult, but I managed to do so!

Director: Chris Columbus
Music: John Williams

Yep. John Williams. I don’t know how to describe the score, other than saying “John Williams.” This soundtrack was nominated for an Academy Award, as was the original song, “Somewhere in My Memory.” That song runs alongside many of the tracks throughout the movie. That song warms my heart every Christmas, especially when I hear Bette Midler’s version!

But the track I love the most is the one that gets me all emotional: “Mom Returns and Finale”

When I write these blogs about film scores, I listen to the chosen track(s) on repeat. In this case, I typed while looking through blurry eyes because I’m trying not to cry!

don’t blink – don’t blink – don’t blink

The movie itself is such a classic! I was reading about the casting, and while it all worked out in the end, my favorite tidbit was the inclusion of John Candy. He shot his parts in only one day and was paid only $414 because he wanted to do this as a favor to John Hughes (producer). Apparently, Candy was the only actor allowed to go off-script…and all his lines were improvised. Seriously, he had some meaningful words for Kevin’s mom (Catherine O’Hara)!

“Home Alone” is a fun one for me and my kids. I enjoy it every year, and I love the lesson it teaches. Yes, there is a lesson! Kevin (Macaulay Culkin) picks it up from Old Man Marley. There’s always that feeling of being crapped on, like you’re invisible or unimportant. If you have siblings or a large family, you could possibly relate. And that’s where we need to understand how important family and communication are. But, honestly, I love the moment between Kevin and his mom in the end.

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