Film #75: Die Hard (1988)

bruce-willis-john-mcclane-20th-century-foxs-die-970431329director: John McTiernan
language: English and some German
length: 131 minutes
watched on: 26 December 2012

Would you believe it’s the first time I’ve watched this film? My dad was keen to watch it around Christmas, as it’s set at Christmas. Having had no emotional attachment to it as a teenager, I came to it with skepticism. In the end? It was alright, for me.

I don’t really know, to be honest, how much of the movie was original in its time, although I’m willing to bet a fair amount of it, perhaps of the way the characters speak, as John McClane is famously foul-mouthed.

I found the setup a bit ridiculous, although to some extent at least plausible, but I was particularly unimpressed by the fact that the antagonists were Germans, you know, forty years after the war was over and everything. I was surprised by Alan Rickman’s appearance as the main villain (because I didn’t know he was in the film), and I thought he gave a great performance, but he did it all in a faux-German accent, and it started to grate on me quite quickly.

The action sequences were fun, though, as was watching Bruce Willis’s tank top magically turning from pearly white to dark brown over the course of the movie. And as was seeing Bruce Willis with hair, to be honest, this being 25 years since the film was made.

I probably wouldn’t watch it again, but I enjoyed it. I’d say it’s worth watching if you haven’t seen it already (like me).


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