Movie Reviews: Die Hard

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When people ask me what my favorite action movie is, I tell them Die Hard.

When people ask me what my favorite Christmas movie is, I tell them Die Hard.

When people ask me wha my favorite romance is, I tell them Die Hard.

People think I’m strange.

This classic is three genres all rolled up into one explosive holiday film that makes everyone kind of root a little bit for the masterful Alan Rickman and his quest for a big ass payday and a life on the beach collecting twenty percent. The story is a little bit fish out of water, and a little bit one man vs. the world and every copycat afterwards was a “Die Hard in on a boat” (Under Siege or Speed 2) or “Die Hard with the President on a Plane” (Air Force One) or “Die Hard with the President” (Olympus has Fallen or London has Fallen or White House Down) or the many other variations. Many have tried to replicate the essence of what is Die Hard, but none has matched it, not even Bruce Willis.

Maybe it was Nakatomi Tower. Maybe it was blowing it up. Maybe it was the broken glass or crawling through air ducts. Maybe it was the sheer odds or the overzealous FBI or incompetent Police Chief. Maybe it was Sgt.Powell as a sidekick with a massive guilt trip or Karl as a man out for revenge. Maybe it was John somehow finding a way to mend his relationship through all obstacles. The movie has something for everybody, with director John MicTiernan showing off his finest work.

One time, while on a cruise with my girlfriend at the time, I rushed through the midnight pizza bar in a rush. The pizza maker on the top deck asked me if I was enjoying the club below. I shook my head and said, “Nope, Die Hard just came on the tv in the room. I gotta get back down now.” The pizza man looked at me inquisitively and nodded slowly. I think maybe he understood, or thought I was a strange late night guest. The next night when I went to grab a midnight pizza the guy asked me how the movie was, and although I had seen it maybe twenty-five times by that point in my life, I said the only thing on my mind.

“Yippee-Ki-Yay.”

Movie Review: 11/10 (off the damn charts)

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