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 Posted:   Nov 18, 2020 - 2:27 PM   
 By:   Mike Esssss   (Member)

Hmmmmmm

https://filmmusicreporter.com/2020/11/18/john-debney-to-score-disneys-home-alone-reboot/

There is literally no reason for this movie to exist but for cash and content, which ok, but this to me is a bright spot in an otherwise cynical, overcast sky. Debney has spent a lot of his career pushed behind temp track curtains and perhaps here, as with PREDATORS, his job will be more as an arranger, but he's an undeniably talented composer with an undeniable gift for melody when the opportunity arises. Curious to see what he does with it.

 
 
 Posted:   Nov 19, 2020 - 12:31 AM   
 By:   Thor   (Member)

We obviously don't need more HOME ALONE. The first two films aren't only unique in their aesthetic, but also 'time capsules'. Doing that kind of glossy, unadulterated, US Christmas style these days doesn't go over as well as it did in the early 90s. Just look at HOME ALONE 4 and 5 (3 was kinda cute, though).

That being said, Debney is a great choice. He's one of the best pastiche composers out there, especially of Williams' style. And he recently did a Christmas movie for Netflix (haven't seen or heard it yet). I would rather have him than Göransson, Desplat or -- God forbid! -- Giacchino, for example.

 
 
 Posted:   Nov 19, 2020 - 12:33 AM   
 By:   Luc Van der Eeken   (Member)

We obviously don't need more HOME ALONE. The first two films aren't only unique in their aesthetic, but also 'time capsules'. Doing that kind of glossy, unadulterated, US Christmas style these days doesn't go over as well as it did in the early 90s. Just look at HOME ALONE 4 and 5 (3 was kinda cute, though).

That being said, Debney is a great choice. He's one of the best pastiche composers out there, especially of Williams' style. And he recently did a Christmas movie for Netflix (haven't seen or heard it yet). I would rather have him than Göransson, Desplat or -- God forbid! -- Giacchino, for example.


You just had to get those names in there again, didn't you..?!

 
 
 Posted:   Nov 19, 2020 - 12:35 AM   
 By:   Thor   (Member)

You just had to get those names in there again, didn't you..?!

Yes! Because they seem to take over all the franchises I love. Debney was an unusually inspired choice, for once.

 
 
 Posted:   Nov 19, 2020 - 1:11 AM   
 By:   Randy Watson   (Member)

You just had to get those names in there again, didn't you..?!

Yes! Because they seem to take over all the franchises I love. Debney was an unusually inspired choice, for once.


Considering this is a cheap direct-to-Disney+ title there was no way in hell Desplat or Giacchino would end up scoring this one, but nice try though...

 
 Posted:   Nov 19, 2020 - 3:13 AM   
 By:   thx99   (Member)

Bruce Broughton should have been tapped to score this remake, since he was slated to score the original.

 
 
 Posted:   Nov 19, 2020 - 3:48 AM   
 By:   Thor   (Member)

Yes, that would have been even more fitting!

 
 Posted:   Nov 21, 2020 - 5:33 PM   
 By:   Dr. Nigel Channing   (Member)

Broughton or Debney would both do well with this. I'm looking forward to the score (but not the film!)

 
 
 Posted:   Nov 21, 2020 - 5:58 PM   
 By:   jurassicmaromaro   (Member)

I hope they don’t try to mimic any aspect of Williams’ music, not even in an “oh we wanted to be different but we did this ONE little thing to be an homage” kind of way.

Man, Disney really is evil.

 
 Posted:   Nov 22, 2020 - 11:59 AM   
 By:   spielboy   (Member)

We obviously don't need more HOME ALONE. The first two films aren't only unique in their aesthetic, but also 'time capsules'. Doing that kind of glossy, unadulterated, US Christmas style these days doesn't go over as well as it did in the early 90s. Just look at HOME ALONE 4 and 5 (3 was kinda cute, though).

are there 5 films??? wow

but I think they're doing "glossy, unadulterated (?), US Christmas style" movies for about 100 years... John Hughes didnt invent that in 1990... (every film is more or less a "time capsule" for its own era)

good for Debney, he'll do his best for that xmas spirit push and every old-fashion scoring oriented member will cheer

 
 Posted:   Nov 22, 2020 - 11:23 PM   
 By:   acathla   (Member)

I hope they don’t try to mimic any aspect of Williams’ music, not even in an “oh we wanted to be different but we did this ONE little thing to be an homage” kind of way.

Why would that hurt you?

 
 
 Posted:   Nov 22, 2020 - 11:40 PM   
 By:   Tobias   (Member)

Hmmmmmm

https://filmmusicreporter.com/2020/11/18/john-debney-to-score-disneys-home-alone-reboot/

There is literally no reason for this movie to exist but for cash and content.



You are wrong. There is believe it or not one reason besides cash and content. You see there are actually one good thing with all remakes out there and that is the fact that the younger audiences who might not seen the original version get to discover it just because of the remake.

I`ll take Ocean`s Eleven remake as an example because before Steven Soderbergh`s remake I had no idea there was an earlier version so because of the fact that they did the remake I seeked out the original and watched it. I would have not seen it if it were not for the new version.

So the younger audience can do the same thing I did and this reason is something everyone seems to forget. They always say that Hollywood should not do remakes because the original is a classic but did you ever think of the fact that there are younger audience out there who might not seen or even heard of those movies and if Hollywood never did they would probably still not knowing that they actually exist. I do not care if the remake is good or bad they only exist for making people discover the original one and people do not seem to know that and that is why they hate remakes.

 
 
 Posted:   Nov 23, 2020 - 12:52 AM   
 By:   Thor   (Member)

Well, Tobias, that might be something a film fan is prone to do, but I don't think the urge to seek out the original is that common among young people that are not film buffs.

Also, in the case of HOME ALONE, one might question the need for this "new audience" line-of-thought, as the original movie has been shown regularly on TV almost every Christmas since its premiere. At least over here. So it's as known to both 40-year-olds and 10-year-olds alike.

 
 
 Posted:   Nov 23, 2020 - 1:16 AM   
 By:   Randy Watson   (Member)

Hmmmmmm

https://filmmusicreporter.com/2020/11/18/john-debney-to-score-disneys-home-alone-reboot/

There is literally no reason for this movie to exist but for cash and content.



You are wrong. There is believe it or not one reason besides cash and content. You see there are actually one good thing with all remakes out there and that is the fact that the younger audiences who might not seen the original version get to discover it just because of the remake.

I`ll take Ocean`s Eleven remake as an example because before Steven Soderbergh`s remake I had no idea there was an earlier version so because of the fact that they did the remake I seeked out the original and watched it. I would have not seen it if it were not for the new version.

So the younger audience can do the same thing I did and this reason is something everyone seems to forget. They always say that Hollywood should not do remakes because the original is a classic but did you ever think of the fact that there are younger audience out there who might not seen or even heard of those movies and if Hollywood never did they would probably still not knowing that they actually exist. I do not care if the remake is good or bad they only exist for making people discover the original one and people do not seem to know that and that is why they hate remakes.


I don't think you can compare these two. Ocean's 11 was a pretty much forgotten film that's also, well..., not very good. Whereas Home Alone is a bona fide Christmas classic that's on TV each year and that parents, who were kids when the original came out, now introduce to their children.

 
 Posted:   Nov 23, 2020 - 6:43 AM   
 By:   Solium   (Member)

Home Alone 1 & 2 are solid efforts by Williams effortlessly combining contempuary underscore for the comedy with traditional Xmas music. It's gonna take some doing to live up to that. Even by someone as talented as Debney. Though I guess it all depends on the material and budget he has to work with.

 
 Posted:   Nov 23, 2020 - 6:59 AM   
 By:   Mike Esssss   (Member)

Hmmmmmm

https://filmmusicreporter.com/2020/11/18/john-debney-to-score-disneys-home-alone-reboot/

There is literally no reason for this movie to exist but for cash and content.



You are wrong. There is believe it or not one reason besides cash and content. You see there are actually one good thing with all remakes out there and that is the fact that the younger audiences who might not seen the original version get to discover it just because of the remake ... I do not care if the remake is good or bad they only exist for making people discover the original one and people do not seem to know that and that is why they hate remakes.


Taking this at face value, using a remake as a marketing tool for the original is "cash and content." The whole point is to trade cheaply on valuable IP. Disney isn't looking to act as some cultural gateway here.

Either way, like others have said I disagree with the OCEAN'S ELEVEN analogy because the original OE wasn't valuable IP. Even so, I might agree with your argument if HOME ALONE were from a bygone era but it's only thirty years old and remains to this day one of the most successful films ever made. It's still part of the zeitgeist, still perennially playing in cable and TV rotations, still a huge part of the pop culture nostalgia zone of the younger audience's parents and thus still ubiquitous. I don't buy the argument that the younger audience isn't aware of HOME ALONE.

 
 
 Posted:   Nov 23, 2020 - 7:37 AM   
 By:   joan hue   (Member)

I'm not sure any actor can measure up to the original loveable villains played by Joe Pesci and Daniel Stern. They were amazing. The new villains will have to have great comedic skills.

In the old movie, there were no cell phones, so contact couldn't be made. If the new movie takes place now, I'm curious as to how the family will handle the abundance of cell phones and contact.

 
 Posted:   Nov 23, 2020 - 8:07 AM   
 By:   Mike Esssss   (Member)

In the old movie, there were no cell phones, so contact couldn't be made. If the new movie takes place now, I'm curious as to how the family will handle the abundance of cell phones and contact.

I always wondered why it took them 24 hours to drive from Scranton to Chicago. Maybe because they didn't have GPS big grin

 
 Posted:   Nov 23, 2020 - 8:24 AM   
 By:   Solium   (Member)

I wouldn't expect anything good to come from this. So far their Disney + content has been awful, along the same lines as their DCOM movies.

 
 
 Posted:   Nov 23, 2020 - 4:27 PM   
 By:   jurassicmaromaro   (Member)

Agreed, Ocean's Eleven wasn't that great of a movie by a not-well-known director and its very existence was as a pop cultural cashgrab for the dubiously relevant "Rat Pack" and nothing more. The remake was remaking that not very good film with the exact same premise: stick an ensemble of contemporary celebrities into a heist plot and enjoy the fun.

Home Alone by contrast is a tailored, bespoke film that was carefully cast, carefully filmed, carefully scored, and carefully designed to be as timeless as possible, and consequently ended up striking gold as a cultural icon that is still shown on TV to this day with its main star making TV commercials about it 25 years later.

Studios don't remake movies to preserve the original either, they do it to make money. It used to be a personal curiosity of filmmakers throughout the latter half of the 20th century, but in the past two decades it is a widely-recognized "risk-reduction" tactic by studios to attempt to ensure some kind of return on their money.

 
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