Die Hard (1988): Widely regarded as one of the best Christmas movies ever, Die Hard follows John McClane, officer of the NYPD, as he tries to save his wife Holly Gennaro and several others, who have been taken hostage by German terrorist Hans Gruber during a Christmas party at the Nakatomi Plaza in Los Angeles.
Merry Christmas everyone! On this wonderful day of giving and happiness, let's talk about explosions, violence, and death shall we? And throwing people out of windows. That too! Die Hard! So basically everyone knows about this movie right? Ok so I'll keep this short. Besides it's Christmas we all have things to do. This movie is wildly fun. Sure it's premise is ridiculous, and time has not treated Die Hard all that well, but it's still a great ride. So many great one-liners (Now I know what a TV dinner feels like) so many great moments (Now I have a machine gun ho-ho-ho) just overall an incredibly fun movie. Bruce Willis and Alan Rickman have great chemistry as well. Actually this is one of Alan Rickman's best performance ever. Snape is terrifying as Hans Gruber, playing the character manically and unpredictably. It reminded me a lot of Gary Oldman in Air Force One actually. Wait, did I say Snape? Sorry.
We all know the negatives. The story is all over the place, with wildly exaggerated and unrealistic characters located throughout. Such as the Deputy Police Chief. And Harry Ellis. Not to mention several of the ways Bruce Willis stays alive (falling 10 stories just to catch an air duct with his hands with no physical consequences... what a boss right?) are pretty laughable. But they never got so outrageous that it took me out of the movie, so that's good. Still, overall this is one heck of a thrill ride.
So I'm gonna go eat food. Hope everyone has a wonderful holiday and thanks for reading!
The Critique: A wildly fun thrill ride, Die Hard is definitely an action classic. And you gotta love the Christmas theme, right?
The Recommendation: if you consider yourself a fan of action movies and you haven't seen this, you're wrong.
The Verdict: 8/10 Great
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