We're just past Christmas and if you are anything like my family, in this era of subdued holidays, you watched all the Christmas movies over the last few weeks. Every Christmas Eve after the kiddos go to bed, Katie and I watch Die Hard. I don't want to get into the whole debate over whether Die Hard is a Christmas movie (her name is "Holly"...) but I do want to make a comment on WHY people want it to be a Christmas movie.
So much of the content explicitly labeled "Christmas" is in the Hallmark / Lifetime / RomCom zone. It is all very saccharine and smooshy. Which is great. But eventually you need something crunchy and umami, some bitter black coffee (but not too bitter!) to cut all that fondant. And that's where Die Hard drops in. Just old enough to be nostalgic. Just dark enough to bring a little shadowy contrast to Red Rider BB guns. Just muted enough to offset all the singing loud for all to hear. And containing an absolutely iconic Alan Rickman performance (RIP Snape).
Anyway, I digress, because this has nothing to do with Die Hard and is actually about Home Alone...
Here's three quick links looking at one of the iconic classics from some fresh angles. -B
Fact Check: Home Alone
Home Alone: Taking 15 Family Members to Paris Is Expensive
Diagnosing the Home Alone burglars' injuries: A professional weighs in