'Skyfall' vs. 'Home Alone'

I'd like to see one of these

If the ending of Skyfall reminded me of anything, it was Straw Dogs as I noted in my review, but a lot of people felt they were watching Bond (Daniel Craig), M (Judi Dench) and Kincade (Albert Finney) in some gritty adaptation of Home Alone. Well, the grit is sort of removed from the scenario as Michael Toomey at Vimeo has taken the time to re-edit the sound mix and take the Skyfall finale and give it a boost of Home Alone.

It's not necessarily great, but if you hop around a bit I did get some laughs at the effects editing and, if anything, it proves how important the sound mix and design is to a film and how quickly something can go from intense to comical.

SIDE NOTE: If you haven't seen Straw Dogs and were one of the people that got the Home Alone vibe, please go see Sam Peckinpah's original (not the remake) right now. Additionally, here's an article I wrote about Straw Dogs after I first saw it, what is now, six years ago.

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  • http://www.ropeofsilicon.com/profile/AS/ AS

    I think people got too carried away in the Straw Dogs/Home Alone comparisons. That idea (of fortifying a location against intruders) has been employed in numerous films and books. Home Alone and Dogs were hardly the first to do it. Were the most memorable? Maybe. But it's hardly a new concept.

    • http://www.ropeofsilicon.com/ Brad Brevet

      Not sure anyone is suggesting otherwise. Should comparisons just not be made?

      • http://www.ropeofsilicon.com/profile/AS/ AS

        Ever since Skyfall came out, people have been going on and on about how unoriginal and derivative Skyfall is while referencing Home Alone & Straw Dogs (as if they were the first to utilize the idea).

        It's not that comparisons shouldn't be made; it's the idea that the comparison has been used as a criticism of the film that's a bit strange. The fixation on this, and the notion that somehow Skyfall is a lesser film because it does something that many films have done before, is a little irritating.

        • http://kaisaccofilm.tumblr.com/ Kai Sacco

          "it's the idea that the comparison has been used as a criticism of the film that's a bit strange. The fixation on this, and the notion that somehow Skyfall is a lesser film because it does something that many films have done before, is a little irritating."

          I completely agree AS. It's incredibly irritating.

        • Jake17

          I really liked Skyfall, and I think that the comparison to Home Alone is ridiculous and doesn't really make sense since they're two entirely different movies.
          SPOILERS! However, I do think that the twist in the second act felt contrived because it's the same twist that was in The Dark Knight. The whole 'they wanted to be captured' thing felt contrived and is quickly wearing thin as an action movie cliche. Other than that, I agree with your point.

  • http://www.ropeofsilicon.com/profile/Kessler/ Kessler

    Reminds me of this one tweet I read online after Skyfall came out. I don't remember who wrote it, but it went something like "People are comparing the third act of Skyfall to Home Alone which tells me no one under 30 has ever heard of Straw Dogs." Made me laugh because I'm way under 30 and never thought of Home Alone until I read that tweet.

  • http://letterboxd.com/ragingtaxidrver/ RagingTaxiDriver

    This honestly made my day.

  • http://www.ropeofsilicon.com/profile/G-Man/ G-Man

    Home Alone is one of my five favorite movies of all-time. Skyfall was one of my favorites from last year. Needless to say, I had a gigantic smile painted across my face the whole time. Thanks for posting, Brad!

  • http://www.ropeofsilicon.com/profile/DArtagnan/ DArtagnan

    When I saw that scene I was not reminded of Home Alone at all. I did think of MacGyver at some point but that need not affect the film at all for me.

  • Stephen

    The "Cool! Firecrackers! I'll save these for later!" audio bit was my favorite. Haha.

  • http://www.ropeofsilicon.com/profile/G-Man/ G-Man

    I was hoping they were gonna find a way to incorporate, "Buzz, your girlfriend. Woof!"

  • http://www.ropeofsilicon.com/profile/Django/ Django

    Hahaha very good. This would have made the anticlimatic ending a lot more entertaining.

    I especially like the 'you guys give up..or are you thirsty for more?' bit.