The main selling point here is that this is an utterly gorgeous movie. I imagine there are so many incredible details buried in it that people will find, going through it frame-by-frame by the time it comes out on Blu-ray and 4K UHD. In addition, the entire cast is good (Shameik Moore is winning, Nicolas Cage is especially delightful, and although there's only a fleeting amount of him, Liev Schreiber going full-on Noo Yawk mobstah as the Kingpin is a…
The only artistically valid route to go after stunt casting Will Ferrell and Kristen Wiig in a Lifetime movie is to make a sincere Lifetime movie. Admirably, that's what this is, which may put off viewers anticipating something more like "The Spoils of Babylon."
That said, I don't know whether or not this is a good example of a Lifetime movie (I've only seen one other, so long ago I barely remember it), even if I did have plenty of fun watching it.
I feel like there should be another one of these with Molly Shannon in it.
First things first: The Die Hard sequels can never be Die Hard. Despite a handful of cheesy moments, the original film is a masterpiece of action movie engineering. The writing and acting are top-notch all by themselves, but it's John McTiernan's brilliant direction that sets the movie head and shoulders above 99% of the genre, and the trajectory of Die Hard 2 (love it or hate it) established that key plot elements and the McClane character would be the backbone…
Audio commentary by director Robert Bierman and actor Nicolas Cage. 90 minutes of Bierman and Cage giggling in awe and confusion at what a ridiculous, ludicrous, insane movie they were able to get away with making, and it is glorious. Essential companion viewing to the film itself.