Alrighty! It’s Die Hard week! One Die Hard film each day before I go to see the new instalment on Valentine’s Day. Die Hard is one of my favourite film series, combining explosive action with hilarious dialogue and pantomime bad guys. While some feel the series has gone on too long, you only need to compare Die Hard 4.0 to other mindless Hollywood action films like The Expendables to see this series still has it where others do not. Let’s rewind to 1988 and the original Die Hard.
John McClane (Bruce Willis) arrives in Los Angeles on Christmas Eve to try and put things right with the missus, Holly (Bonnie Bedelia). He enters the high-rise building known as Nakatomi Plaza, and is at a party when Hans Gruber (the infamous Alan Rickman) and his buddies show up to crash it. From then on, McClane is left to single-handedly defend himself from the baddies, as he crawls around the building, grumbling to himself as he goes. Yippee-ki-yay, motherfucker!
Of course, Bruce Willis and Alan Rickman really make the film. McClane’s constant sarcasm and wise cracks make his character very enjoyable, while Rickman delivers the perfect arch-baddie in Gruber. At the same time, the story is so simple that a chimp could follow it, and the bullets and explosions make for a testosterone-fuelled adventure.
Unless you detest violence, it’s impossible not to enjoy Die Hard. It’s the perfect film to switch off your brain to and simply enjoy with friends. Of course, as it’s set around Christmas, it has also been described as ‘the best Christmas film of all time’ by some folks, hopefully in a jocose fashion. At any rate, it’s bloody good entertainment, and I wouldn’t have it any other way.