Who doesn’t know who John McClane is, and if you’re reading this because you’re considering whether or not to watch Die Hard for the first time, what the hell sort of rock have you been living under?
If you want to talk classic action movies…. Movies about rogue cops from New York or just a movie about general badassedness – yes John McClane does deserve his own new word, then you should already know all there is to know about this gem of a film.
Also before we go any further – if you do not think that this film, set on Christmas eve, at a Christmas party is a Christmas film, you might as well stop reading now, because quite frankly you’re not welcome here any more! I jest of course…. Slightly…. But in all seriousness, in my family, at the very least the original die hard trilogy (all the ones before Bruce Willis got old and half of the movies jokes were about the fact that Bruce Willis is too old to know about the internet and pda’s – yes even the newest 2 Die Hard’s are that old) has become a firm family tradition… It’s a damn Christmas movie!
Bruce Willis is from the golden age of action heroes when they used to run around barefoot in jeans & wife beaters. When they used to smoke, and smoke and smoke. When they cursed their way around a movie, came up with awesome one liners and threw explosives down a damn elevator shaft!
I know that action movies these days are just as incredible as those of old and that visually they are far more stunning than the likes of what Die Hard, Terminator, Predator or Rambo: First Blood, could have ever dreamt of being. Just look at John Wick for that! It looks incredible and mr Wick is still a cool cat, but the class and style of the likes of John McClane just aren’t seen any more these days!
In this first meeting we have with the no fucks given New York cop, he goes to see his wife Holly, whose taken up a new position across the country and has taken their kids with her. There’s tension between the couple, which is a suspense building prelude to an upcoming hostage situation in the tower block she works at, during the annual Christmas party by a group of terrorists – however as the situation unfolds with the New York police department working from within and the LA cops trying to handle things on the outside, things may not be quite what they seem.
This is classic action cinema at it’s absolute best and I’d love nothing more than to be able to one day witness a Die Hard marathon on the big screen! Don’t deprive yourself of the absolute joy that is this movie.