SilentDawn’s review published on Letterboxd :
Part Eight of A Very Merry Christmas Challenge
A Recipe For The Perfect Action Film:
-Get Bruce Willis.
-Write a cracking and streamlined script full of character and variation.
-Provide a setting that's memorable and visually interesting.
-Find exceptional supporting performers including Severus Snape and Reginald VelJohnson.
-Allow ample time for build-up, character details, and the increasing of tension.
-When shit hits the fan, don't let up until the credits roll.
-Give the hero the bare essentials at the beginning of his situation, don't let him be a one-man-army from the start.
-Quotable lines need to be plentiful.
- "Yippee-ki-yay, motherfucker"
- "No fucking shit, lady. Does it sound like I'm ordering a pizza?"
-"Come out to the coast, we'll get together, have a few laughs....."
-"Welcome to the party pal!"
-Name your hero John McClaine.
-Shoot over-the-top Germans in the head consistently.
-Only blow shit up when it aids the story. But when you do blow shit up, do it well.
-Have it set on Christmas.
-Direct it with consistency and subtle flair.
Optional (actually essential) additions:
- A cocaine-addled asshole
Wait, I just described Die Hard? Oh well....
Simply put, It's a simple and terrifically entertaining film that is endlessly re-watchable and enjoyable. Easily one of my all-time favorites, Die Hard is as good as entertainment gets.
I'll be back later, going to watch Die Hard again.