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Home Sweet Home Alone | Hollow Remake Is The Worst Christmas Present Imaginable

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If there was ever an argument against the merciless and never-ending re-hashing of classic film franchises, Home Sweet Home Alone is the smoking gun. The only point you need ever raise and the personification of everything wrong with corporate filmmaking. Utterly devoid of charm, creativity, or intelligence, this Disney+ original desecrates the legacy of Chris Columbus’ 1990 Christmas gem with a barrage of distasteful characters, lazily recycled plot elements, and fart jokes.

Max Mercer (Archie Yates) is a privileged child whose house is riddled with unwanted uncles, aunts, and cousins, and all he wants is some peace and quiet. Meanwhile, Jeff (Rob Delaney) and Pam (Ellie Kemper) are a struggling pair of young parents who are looking to sell their house to keep their young family afloat. When they find an antique doll worth over $200k, it seems as though their problems are solved. However, it looks as if Max has taken the doll for himself, meaning holiday hijinks are surely just around the corner.

Director Dan Mazer attempts to hit all the key beats of the 90′ original without any of the essential character development and emotional moments that made Columbus’ film a success. Max is a pale imitation of Kevin McCallister; a failed copy that retains only his least likeable elements (his smarminess, selfishness etc), without any of his quirks or sentimentality. Even Max’s familial problems are left entirely undeveloped and seem trivial compared to the hyperbolised chaos of Kevin’s kin. Regrettably, while Archie Yates is clearly trying his best, his performance ends up markedly wooden. However, the young performer has already proven his talent for comedic timing in Taika Waititi’s JoJo Rabbit, so this failure rests firmly on the shoulders of Mazer’s direction.

Yates is in good company, as the film doesn’t offer a single compelling performance. Even The Office veteran Ellie Kemper, who charmed viewers of later seasons as the strange-but-sweet Erin delivers a flat, lifeless performance as the ironically named Pam. Indeed, Pam and Jeff are the closest things to protagonists the film has, and it spends the majority of its time with them, leaving Max with very little time to develop a fulfilling arc. Furthermore, though the film positions them as the antagonists, their plight is inextricably more relatable and sympathetic than that of the greedy and brattish Kevin clone.

Home Sweet Home Alone completely misses the point of the original, and then remembers it in the final ten minutes, as it hastily tries to make us care about Max’s relationship with his Mum. This sluggish recycling of the 90′ film’s ending is made more apparent by the inclusion of John Williams’ iconic Home Alone theme, which is sad to hear against a backdrop of fart jokes and some of the laziest character writing in recent memory. This misguided tone is made even more stark by the profoundly unfunny pranks, which seem more vindictive than humorous this time around. Though the slapstick of the original film veered towards the cruel, the fact that Jeff and Pam have no intention of harming or robbing Max makes his sadistic torture of them altogether unpleasant to watch.

The unnecessary intertextuality of Home Sweet Home Alone only makes matters worse. The inclusion of Devin Ratray as Kevin’s brother Buzz as a local police officer is superficial and only serves to retroactively make the charming Kevin seem petty and vengeful, as he apparently pranks Buzz each year by calling in to the force to let them know a child is home alone. Making the protagonist of a nearly thirty-year-old film seem unlikeable without him ever appearing on-screen is quite an accomplishment, and not one Home Sweet Home Alone should be proud of.

However, this element did provide the film’s one and only laugh; in a recreation of the film-within-a-film in the 1990 original via a shallow remake that transposes the characters into a new sci-fi setting. Max’s family practically winks at the audience and asks why studios keep recycling the old classics, as they’re never as good as the original. That joke was a nice touch, though the amount of self-awareness apparently on display at Disney is both tear and laugh inducing.

Is this the worst film this year? Perhaps. Young kids may enjoy it for its slapstick gags and juvenile humour, but that’s about it. For anyone over five, it’s the kind of film you feel embarrassed to put on with your family after a Christmas roast. The kind that makes people doubt your taste in entertainment altogether and sees your remote privileges removed until next year. Perhaps “The Ghost of Home Alone Past” would’ve been a more apt title, as that’s what it feels like; the ghost of a better film. It’s a hollow shell that hits all the same beats and appropriates the same music and archetypical characters, but without any of the festive joy and witty commentary on middle-class family drama that made the original film so endearing. Give yourself the best Christmas present possible this year by skipping this nauseating cash grab.

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Michael Gandolfini Cast in Disney+ Series, ‘Daredevil: Born Again’

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WandaVision was not the first Marvel show under the guise of Kevin Feige that was released. Daredevil set up a seemingly separate television universe for Marvel properties and characters on Netflix that fans and critics alike fawned over. The series starring Charlie Cox as Daredevil/Matt Murdock and Vincent D’Onofrio as Kingpin/Wilson Fisk is beloved by many, so much so, that those characters have now shown up in separate Disney+ streaming series as well. 

Back at this past year’s Comic-Con, it was announced that an 18-episode series, Daredevil: Born Again would be headed to Disney+ with Cox and D’onofrio reprising their roles. Now, we have news on some new cast members being brought to the show. According to Deadline, Michael Gandolfini (The Many Saints of Newark, Cherry) is set to join the cast of Daredevil: Born Again which will release on Disney+ in Spring 2024.

There are no details on who Gandolfini will be playing in the series, but some have speculated he may be replacing Elden Henson as Foggy Nelson on the show, while Deadline reports it’s possible that he plays a character named “Liam” from Staten Island. However, his character has been said to be a “major” one for the show so keep that in mind. This will be most likely be Gandolfini’s biggest part since portraying his late father, James Gandolfini’s iconic character of Tony Soprano in the prequel film, The Many Saints of Newark, which follows young Tony navigating New Jersey and the gangster scene years after he becomes the legendary crime boss from the HBO series, The Sopranos.

Daredevil: Born Again is written and executive produced by Matt Corman and Chris Ord (Covert Affairs). Gandolfini will next appear in the anthology series, Extrapolations for AppleTV+ alongside an ensemble cast that also includes Tobey Maguire, Forest Whitaker and Marion Cotillard among many others. Additionally, he’ll also appear in Ari Aster’s upcoming film, Disappointment Blvd. due to release in 2023.

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The Little Mermaid | Official Teaser | D23

A young mermaid makes a deal with a sea witch, to trade her beautiful voice for human legs so she can discover the world above water and impress a prince.

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Adventure, Family, Fantasy

Release Date:

May 26, 2023

Director:

Rob Marshall

Cast:

Halle Bailey, Jonah Hauer-King, Melissa McCarthy

Plot Summary:

The Little Mermaid is a 1989 American animated musical fantasy film produced by Walt Disney Feature Animation and released by Walt Disney Pictures. The 28th Disney animated feature film, it is loosely based on the 1837 Danish fairy tale of the same name by Hans Christian Andersen.

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D23 Expo 2022: First Marvel Studios’ ‘Werewolf By Night’ Trailer and Poster Revealed

Your RSVP to Bloodstone Manor is requested for October 7.

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Here at Coastal House Media, we are ready to dive further into the Multiverse? During Saturday’s Walt Disney Studios – Lucasfilm & Marvel Studios Presentation at D23 Expo 2022, Marvel Studios President Kevin Feige took to the stage to share a ton of brand new announcements as the MCU dives further into Phase 4, 5, and 6 — aka, The Multiverse Saga.

In Hall D23, Kevin Feige was joined by director Michael Giacchino and the cast including Gael García Bernal and Laura Donnelly to share with the world that Marvel Studios’ Special Presentation: Werewolf By Night, will premiere on Disney+ on October 7th. To add to that they unveiled the trailer for the first time ever to fans.

Watch the Special Presentation Trailer Below:

The Marvel Cinematic Universe is becoming a scary place, especially when characters like Werewolf by Night emerge from the darkness. This Halloween themes-special coming to Disney+ will star Garl García as the literal werewolf named Jack Russell the howling hero has protected the darkest corners of the Marvel Universe from supernatural threats – while going on an occasional rampage himself.

The character debuted in the comics in 1971 in Marvel’s Spotlight by Gerry Conway and Mike Ploog, before getting his own comic series in 1972. Born in Transylvania as Jacob Russoff, Jack is the descendant of Grigori Russoff, who was turned into a werewolf after fighting Dracula in 1795. Although the werewolf’s curse remained dormant for generations, it was reactivated by Jack’s grandfather Gregor after he copied the Darkhold, an ancient book of arcane evil power. Under a full moon, that curse turned Gregor, his son Gregory, and their adult descendants into feral werewolves with animalistic appearances and supernatural abilities like enhanced strength, lightning-fast agility, and a considerable healing factor. They also inherited the traditional lycanthropic weakness to silver.  However, García could also be playing Jake Gomez.

The first trailer is in black and white and oozes the classic monster and Hammer movie vibes I’ve grown to love such as Wolfman, Frankenstein, and The Creature from the Black Lagoon. Directed by composer Michael Giacchino and also starring Laura Donnelly who’s rumoured to be playing Elsa Bloodstone the monster-hunting hero.

Throught the Werewolf joined forces with other monsters such as Morbius the living Vampire, N’Kantu the Living Mummy, Manphibian, and The Man-Thing who features in this teaser.

Werewolf By Night unleashes onto Disney+ October 7!

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