‘Die Hard’: A Real Christmas Movie!


For those who haven’t seen it, you’ve definitely heard of it. Die Hard is an action thriller (debatably a Christmas film) that became one of the most successful movies of all time. Bruce Willis stars as New York cop, John McClane, visiting California for Christmas to see his family. He finds his wife at the holiday party held at the headquarters for a Japanese company that she works for when suddenly terrorists have come to crash the party and steal some money. John must use all of his skill and wit to save everyone in the building.

The movie is so original, many movies that came after it used its flawless design as a formula but could never live up to Die Hard’s perfection; not even its own sequels or reboots. This wonderful film has been awarded and critically acclaimed by everyone who has watched it, with iconic action scenes and one-liners including:

“Yippee ki-yay mother f*****!”

– John McClane (Bruce Willis) talking to Hans (Alan Rickman) over the radio

“Now I have a machine gun. Ho. Ho. Ho.”

– Hans Gruber reading the words on his henchman’s corpse 

“Come out to the coast, we’ll get together, have a few laughs.”

– John McClane in an air vent, regretting his decision 

The story’s gripping plot and excellent character development make it a movie worth remembering. For example, a cop that was talking with John on the ground told him how he wasn’t able to bring himself to point his gun at anyone after an accident in the dark. By the end, when a terrorist who was thought to be dead had a gun pointed at John, the cop saved him by shooting the terrorist after being inspired by John’s heroics.

How is this a Christmas movie, you might ask? Well first off, t’was (literally) the night before Christmas, when John McClane is trying to make it to his family on Christmas Eve, but instead of a job or a blizzard stopping him, we have terrorists trying to steal millions of dollars. The perfect storyline for a Christmas movie. Then we have the Grinch, uh… I mean, German terrorist coming to ruin Christmas, for a bunch of hostages. And must I remind you, “Now I have a Machine Gun. Ho. Ho. Ho.” There are so many Christmas references in this movie!

With plenty of jolly and festive Christmas spirit between the violence and gore, this movie is something anyone will love. After all, they put the tank top that Bruce Willis wore in the Smithsonian! If that isn’t enough proof, well, I don’t know what to tell you.