Film Review: Die Hard

Time for a confession. I haven’t seen any of the Die Hard films. I know, I know. Even with the guarantee of every single one being shown over Christmas, I have still managed in the 12 years I’ve been “legally” able to watch them never seen them – they’ve always just pasted me by.

So, I decided that this year I would change this. I would make amends and dip my toes into the world of John McClane, and watch Die Hard. After all, with them being shown on the TV, I didn’t really have an excuse not to record them and, as New Year was approaching, and my hatred of all things party and celebratory for what is, the most over-rated even of the year. Seeing in 2014 with Bruce, a hot mug of chocolate and a warm fire seemed more appealing that a bank robbing night out in the bars and clubs.

And I must say, I honestly think I made the perfect decision. Not only did 2014 start hang over free, and with a healthy bank ballance, I ended 2013 having a stunning evening. I really enjoyed Die Hard, even if at times I couldn’t help but think “there are lots of sequels so he’s not going to die…” etc.

It also didn’t matter that I knew about the bits that make this film before it even started (I may not have seen the film but you can’t move through the world of cine without seeing or reading a review/comparison piece) I still got the same buzz hearing the immortal words “Yippee-ki-yay, m********r” as those seeing the film in the cinema back in 1988 did and I still winced at the thought of him walking across broken glass in bear feet.

The only difference, between me becoming engrossed in the film in 2013 and those in 1988, is the memory and vision of Alan Rickman. Back then it was just a shocking German accent. To me, it’s Professor Snape doing a shocking German accent.

I don’t think that you can really review Die Hard in terms of trying to read huge sub texts and deeper messages into it. Especially when you are coming to it after such a long time. Any references or comments on the era it’s set and released are long since gone; I purely watched it from the point of view of wanting to spend an evening forgetting Christmas, arguments with relatives and instead just get lost in a over the top, death and destruction, action adventure.

And Die Hard delivers that specification perfectly.

It’s taken me far too long to become friends with the franchise – but trust me, it won’t be such a long time before we meet up again.

8 out of 10 stars (8 / 10)

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