Home Alone fans left fuming as trailer for controversial reboot is released
Home Alone fans have been left bitterly disappointed with the new trailer for the Disney ’s controversial reboot, Home Sweet Home Alone.
The 1990 classic Christmas film, which starred Macaulay Culkin as young troublemaker Kevin McAllister who was forced to defend his home from two thieves, has been subjected to a modern-day makeover, but fans of the original are far from impressed.
The reboot stars JoJo Rabbit’s Archie Yates as Max Mercer, who is accidentally left on his own at home during the festive period after his large extended family - including his parents, played by Aisling Bea and Pete Holmes - jet off on a holiday to Japan.
The family’s luxurious home is then targeted by married couple Jeff and Pam, portrayed by comedian Rob Delaney and The Office US star Ellie Kemper, who try to steal a precious heirloom from the Mercers.
However, this time, the criminals in the reboot are more reluctant than Home Alone’s thieving duo the Wet Bandits, played by Joe Pesci and Daniel Stern, who terrorised Macaulay’s character while trying to ransack his family home.
But fans were bowled over by the appearance of one of Home Alone’s original stars in the trailer.
Around 45 seconds in, viewers caught a glimpse of a police officer’s name badge – reading 'McCallister' – before it was revealed as Devin Ratray, who is reprising his character as Kevin’s bully older brother Buzz.
While it seems to feature more of the usual slapstick booby traps and kid-friendly stunts, fans of the original were disappointed to discover that Macaulay wasn’t making an appearance in the reboot.
The actor took to Twitter to confirm he wouldn’t be in the Disney+ movie, but said he wished “all involved the best of luck”.
Many fans took to social media to question why the trailer made the film look “dire”, despite the script being written by Saturday Night Live duo Mikey Day and Streeter Seidell.
“Wait… does this Home Sweet Home Alone tagline mean they KNOW they are destroying the holiday classic Home Alone?” one irate fan wrote.
“I LOVE the Christmas elements being brought back to the franchise but damn this cast is SO weak…” another fired.
“Really should have left ‘Home Alone’ alone....That Macaulay Culkin performance was beyond epic and cannot be ‘remade’,” one viewer tweeted.
Some also complained about Irish comedian Aisling’s English accent for the movie, and she later explained why it was essential for her to have the same accent as her character’s son.
“To everyone who has been wondering online why I have an English accent in the new Home Alone movie, it's because of the character’s English, she’s from England and if she’s from England and spoke with an Irish accent then that would be quite strange,” Aisling quipped.
Home Sweet Home Alone will be released on Disney+ on 12 November.