Christmas Movies: Die Hard (1988)

4/5* Shivs Show | Siobhan Divers


Dir: John McTiernan 
132 mins
Starring: Bruce Willis, Alan Rickman, Alexander Godunov, Bonnie Bodelia, Reginald VelJohnson, Paul Gleason, De’voreaux White, William Atherton, Clarence Gilyard.

A film about terrorists, Die hard is suprisingly an iconic Christmas classic.

Taking place on Christmas Eve, John McClane (Bruce Willis) arrives in Los Angeles to meet his estranged wife Holly (Bonnie Bodelia) at her office Christmas party.

Shortly after he arrives however, the building is seized by terrorists led by Hans Gruber  (Alan Rickman), as they plan to steal millions in bearer bonds from Holly’s boss.

Thrilling and suspenseful, Die Hard is exciting from from the start with a number of twists and turns throughout. With a well-written script, Die Hard isn’t just a thriller, it’s also a comedy.

Bruce Willis has some excellent lines – when he calls the police via his radio he is told that the channel is reserved for emergency calls to which he replies: “no fucking shit, lady. Does it sound like I’m ordering a pizza?”

Alan Rickman steals the show in some scenes though, with clever retorts to some of John’s comments – “who are you? Just another America who saw too many movies as a child?”

As much of a festive classic as Home Alone (1990) and Love Actually (2003), Die Hard is iconic, almost flawless cinema.

As Charles Boyle would say: “yippee kayak other buckets”…


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