Movie Title: Die Hard
Director: John McTiernan
Date Released: July 15th, 1988
Date Seen: January 26th, 2012
Part 1 – Spoiler Free Quickie Review
Don’t ask me why or how I’ve never seen Die Hard. I’ve always known the plot of it but never seen it. So let me just tell you – HOT DAMN have I been missing out. I mean, I knew I’d like this movie but I didn’t know I’d love the movie. Bruce Willis is awesome and Alan Rickman is INCREDIBLE. The other people are pretty good too.
Every scene is pretty much action packed. The only scenes that aren’t were either Willis being awesome or Rickman being awesome in dialogue. Or just being bad ass. There’s so many gun fights and explosions that this movie never gets boring. I even put up with that little bit of romance because it was so beautifully stereotypical action movie. I love it.
If you’re one of the few people in the world that hasn’t seen this movie and you like action films, even just a little bit, go watch this movie right now. If you love action movies, I’m sure you’ve seen it, but go watch it again anyway. I am sure that I could watch it over and over and over.
Part 2 – In Depth Spoiler Ridden Review
There’s a good synopsis here.
I love that John McClane gets hurt. Why? Sometimes in action movies the protagonist is seemingly invincible. John gets shot, walks on glass, and is visibly in pain when adrenaline isn’t kicking in. It’s pretty fabulous. He also has things go wrong – ie jumping off the exploding roof, and the fire hose thing breaks. Of course it would. In some action movies, that wouldn’t happen. Then of course, the weight of it starts to pull him down as well. Again, a small detail that is some times over looked but is a great effect to keep it more realistic. I also love his talking to himself the entire time.
The music is also amazing in this film. I love the random bursts of Christmas music even just for seconds. It adds a nice element of comedy while still being an amazingly awesome action flick. I love it. I also love the movie and cowboy jokes that McClane and Hans make at each other. Or really just McClane correcting Hans’ references. But whatever, still quite awesome.
My only problem with the movie is Hans’ death scene. It was ridiculous. I don’t mind him pulling a gun on McClane and wifey, it’s more of the surprised look he had on his face when he started to fall. I wanted him to be the type of person that just accepted the death, fighting till the last moment but accepting defeat. So the surprised face really bugged me. But other than that, amazing movie.
Great action, great plot, lots of guns and explosions, Bruce Willis, Alan Rickman, more guns and explosions, and more action. Fabulous.