December 14, 2011

Eyes on Christmas: Die Hard

After the debacle that was Santa Claus Conquers the Martians, I decided I needed to turn around quick and watch something hat was genuinely worth watching, not just something enjoyed for the camp value. I think I succeeded. Sure, the movie can only be called a Christmas movie based on setting alone, but it is a certifiable classic that holds up beautifully despite closing in on the quarter century mark. Not only that, it is a movie that can be enjoyed, and should be enjoyed any time of the year.

This is the movie hat launched Bruce Willis into cinematic stardom, inspired hosts of imitators, and stands up as one of the best action films ever made. It is none other than the John McTiernan directed Die Hard. Yes, it is a Christmas movie, it is set during he holiday season and much of the action takes place in the disrupted aftermath of a Christmas party.

I am pretty sure everyone knows the story. Bruce Willis is John McClane, New York City police officer and estranged husband to Holly (Bonnie Bedelia). He has flown to LA to try and and patch things up. However, shortly after he arrives at the new office building, terrorists decide to strike, they have eyes on millions of dollars worth of bonds kept in a safe by the building's owner. Fortunately, they don't see McClane who stages a one man all out assault on the terrorists. Of course, he does have some help from a local officer on the outside, played by Reginald VelJohnson.

Yes, that makes it sound a little too simplistic and just like a million other action films. However, you need to remember that this is a movie that more or less established the formula, much like what Halloween did for the the slasher film. Not to mention this movie has aged very well, it is just as good now as it was then.

Die Hard is a movie that is filled with action, seriously, there are fist fights, bullets, bombs, explosions, all sorts of good stuff. While that is all well and good, what really makes this stand out is the characters. Seriously, this movie is filled characters you will love and those you will hate. It is an action movie that really does it all, it gives you a badass hero to cheer for, a slimy villain to root against and a host of supporting cast members who all play pivotal roles in the success of the movie.

I am really not sure what I can say about this movie. It has had countless reviews written about it and I am sure you all know about what makes it great. I just had a great time rewatching it. I highly recommend that you all take some time to revisit this classic action movie.

Highly Recommended.

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