My Favourite Christmas Movie: Die Hard
Posted on Friday December 19, 2008, 18:04 by John Hitchcox in Empire States
Ladies and gentlemen, ladies and gentlemen…
To me, nothing says Christmas more than breaking a Euro-terrorist’s neck, putting a Santa hat on his dead body and writing Ho-Ho-Ho on his jumper.
I’m not entirely sure what that says about Christmas Day at my house, or indeed whether I should be allowed out in public, but here I am in an attempt to convince every one of the Empire faithful that instead of tuning in to watch the EastEnders Christmas special or listen to some reality TV ‘superstar’
murder destroy warble her way through a classic in an attempt to reach the Christmas number one spot, I suggest that you sit back, relax and put on a DVD. Not just any DVD, mind you, but that most awesome of Christmas movies, Die Hard.
When someone mentions Christmas you’re probably going to think of candy canes, mince pies and a fat bloke in a red suit. Die Hard, on the other hand, gives you watered-down champagne, Twinkies and a shoeless, bloodstained cop in a wife beater. It also serves up action instead of mulled wine and litters your screen with gunfire, masses of broken glass and enough one-liners to have you choking on your Christmas pud. Furthermore, there is no better gift this or any Christmas than the pleasure of viewing one of the greatest face-offs in cinema. Our everyman hero, John McClane (Bruce Willis), takes on the none-more-devious and none-more-German Hans Gruber (Alan Rickman) over 40 floors of sheer adventure (it must be true; it’s on the poster).
Not winning you over with festive cheer, am I? Well, before you reach for your copy of The Snowman, stop and consider this: Die Hard isn’t a mindless action flick. It’s a story of good triumphing over evil and, more essentially, the tale of a man giving his all just for the chance to spend Christmas with his family. How Christmassy is that?! Plus, not even Jesus was prepared to jump off the roof of a building with a fire hose as a makeshift rope. That takes real Christmas spirit.
Die Hard shares the same movie DNA as many festive films. The downtrodden hero makes his way through the story as various obstacles are thrown in his way, he/she ultimately coming head to head with an evil nemesis before, just prior to the end, overcoming all his/her troubles to be reunited with their family (It’s A Wonderful Life) / accepted in to the community (A Christmas Carol). Our Hero then embraces his/her loved one(s) while a Yuletide song plays in the background. Roll credits.
Die Hard has all of these Christmas movie elements present and correct, but so much more besides. And by more I mean terrorists, armoured vehicles, FBI agents, exploding helicopters, C4 strapped to computer monitors, bleeding feet and an account executive with a coke habit.
Plus, did I mention it’s awesome?
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Posted on Friday December 19, 2008, 19:06
Posted on Friday December 19, 2008, 19:16
I must agree with jimmyboots astute observation there :)
Die Hard is the ultimate Christmas movie, it makes you feel all warm and fuzzy inside
Posted on Friday December 19, 2008, 20:14
awesome movie. rickman is great as gruber. willis is superb as mcclane.
Posted on Friday December 19, 2008, 20:57
Die Hard ftw!
We watch it every christmas eve in my house, it's a tradition.
Posted on Friday December 19, 2008, 21:47
It's a great film that happens to be set at christmas. I wouldn't consider it to be a christmas film as LA isn't really a christmassy city. too warm and sunny i'm afraid.
Posted on Saturday December 20, 2008, 00:56
Dad thanks you for his present? "Dad, booby, I'm your white KNIGHT"
Neighbour / loved one comes by? "Welcome to the party, pal!"
Getting a little greedy with the eclaires? "They're for my wife. She's pregnant."
Eagerly unwrapping present? "C'mon baby, come to papa, I'll kiss your fuckin' dalmation."
Bored at a relatives? "Come out to our house, we'll get together, have a few laughs..."
Squished into a tight jumper? "Now I know what a TV dinner feels like."
At the dinner table? "I'm going to count to three. There will not be a four. Give me the truffles."
That's just a few off the top of my head..anyone else care to contribute?
Posted on Saturday December 20, 2008, 12:28
Good call - definitely the best christmas movie ever.
They're not terrorists though - just criminals. No need to release those members of the Asian Dawn just yet...
Posted on Saturday December 20, 2008, 13:42
MovieMogul, your post had me laughing my vest off ... absolute genius.
I agree, Die Hard is all about helping out your fellow man. Also, Al's appearance bears similarities to Clarence the angel's: an external force come to aid someone who really needs it, and really isn't expecting it. Genius.
Posted on Saturday December 20, 2008, 16:04
Absolutely agree 100%, so much so infact I've dusted off the DVD and am going to watch it tonight!
yippe-ki-yay, motherf........er..... !!!
Posted on Saturday December 20, 2008, 17:03
Definitely the greatest christmas movie ever and one of my top five period. The DVD boxed set gets dusted off every Christmas eve, for a Die Hard 1 & 2 marathon although this year I think I'll give the drinking games a miss. We used to match a kill with a drink and fags like for like, if your young, dumb and childless it's definatley one of the best ways to spend Christmas Eve. Disclaimner: Smoking a pack and a half durning the course of a two hour movie is not a good idea. You have been warned.
Posted on Saturday December 20, 2008, 18:46
This is always the staple choice around our house each Christmas - this, followed or preceeded by Die Hard 2 - it all depends on which shows on ITV first (even though we'll ultimately opt to watch it at the same time on DVD - no breaks).
John The Bad
Posted on Saturday December 20, 2008, 20:55
"Plus, not even Jesus was prepared to jump off the roof of a building with a fire hose as a makeshift rope."
I was waiting for someone to bring up Die Hard -- it's my Xmas Eve movie.
Posted on Saturday December 20, 2008, 21:00
Yeah die hard it just gets me in the xmas spirit. My christmas involves a coke head, a load of one liners and a shit load of c4 bam.
Posted on Sunday December 21, 2008, 00:48
Whenever I hear the song 'Let It snow' it reminds me of Die Hard although I'm not entirely sure that's a good thing!
Posted on Sunday December 21, 2008, 01:45
Posted on Sunday December 21, 2008, 08:38
It's good one, especially the bit with the dead terrorist with 'Now I have a machine gun ho ho ho' written on him. Very seasonal.
Still will go with Muppet Chistmas Carol as my favourite. It's faithful to the book (but has fun with it using Gonzo as Charles Dickens), unsettling (Ghost of Christmas Future - just a brilliant creation, and Robin as Tiny Tim 'sniff'), great songs (with Michael Caine showing how Pierce Brosnan should sing a song without having any singing talent), funny (well it is The Muppets after all), upbeat (yey Tiny Tim lives), and having the movie myth that Beaker gives Michael 'Ebeneezer Scrooge' Caine the finger. Beaker doesn't as Muppets have one less finger than we humans but it's a myth I will believe in as Beaker needs to 'give it to The Man' once in a while..
Posted on Sunday December 21, 2008, 10:54
Only saw this a few weeks back but this has persuaded me to put it on over Christmas.
Taken under advisement, you might say.
Posted on Sunday December 21, 2008, 11:44
Could not have said it better myself.
Posted on Monday December 22, 2008, 08:48
Best Christmas film ever. Fact!
Posted on Monday December 22, 2008, 13:09
i completely agree! no christmas day is a true christmas without die hard!
personally the best action film ever!
yippee kay yaye mutha funker!
Posted on Monday December 22, 2008, 13:22
This is so the best Christmas movie ever. I agree 100%. This and Edward Scissorhands are normall the start of my Christmas viewing. :)
Posted on Monday December 22, 2008, 16:57
Great stuff. Here are a few more humble offerings:
My daughter: I want EGG NOG!
Me: You'll HAVE it. But first, get the vegetable tray.
Disappointed with a gift? "Nine million relatives in the world, and I get one who thinks like Bambi...."
Husband or wife's nervous before meeting the CEO at the company Christmas party? "Want a breath mint?"
Teaming with a family member to sneak a peek at some presents under the tree? "Begin your reconnoiter."
Your nephew Harvey shows skepticism about Grandma's special fruitcake? "Eat it Harvey!" (This one works best if the person's name is Harvey)
Posted on Tuesday December 23, 2008, 10:27
Great choice...and funny write up! I'd personally always think of Trading Places around christmas time (Oh what happened to you Eddie?) Die Hard a close 2nd with Bill Murray's Scrooged being 3rd. Scooged aside I've never really gone in for all the cheese of the overtly festive films.
Posted on Tuesday December 23, 2008, 10:39
Couldn't agree more!
(cue smooth, deep toned movie announcer man)
Die Hard: Christmassier than Jesus with a crown of tinsel
Posted on Sunday December 28, 2008, 00:33
Die Hard is one of the greatest Christmas movies, and it is my personal favourite. After months of trying to persuade my better half to watch Die Hard with me on Christmas day, she finally succumbed (no-one can hide from the badassery forever), and agreed. What happened? I forgot to bring the dvd with me. We settled for Scrooged; another ace Christmas movie.
Posted on Monday December 29, 2008, 12:18
It's what I watched while wrapping presents on Christmas Eve! :)
Posted on Monday January 5, 2009, 13:10
Not just the best Christmas movie ever, but the best movie ever. Period.
Also, billwo "eat it harvey" made me choke on my tea.
"Alas, your Mr Christ did not see it that way, so he won't be joining us for the rest of his life."
Posted on Tuesday January 13, 2009, 13:39
Plus it snows at the end credits so that makes it very christmassy in my book (admittedly: its burnt paper from all the badass explosions. But it still counts right? )
Posted on Thursday January 22, 2009, 18:35
THANK YOU! For years I've been saying Die Hard is my favorite Xmas Movie only to be met with scorn and ridicule! This artcile has just been fowarded to all my friends and family with a caps locked "IN YO' FACE!!"
Die Hard rules.
Posted on Friday December 2, 2011, 16:58
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