Yet another movie that’s slow to start. Look, I love this movie ONCE IT GETS GOING, but up to that point it’s actually pretty boring. I like the very beginning, it sets up everything, John McClane is a cop from out of town, has marital problems, is going to see his wife at her office during a Christmas party, is going to take off his shoes for some reason, and has an awesome limo driver. That’s all the movie really needs before the should have started, but it wastes my time for 15 minutes before things get good. I think at some point people thought you couldn’t start the second act of the movie before the twenty minute mark. Here though, they could have more or less started the second act five or ten minutes in and essentially made the second act the first act, but this was back when every movie had to set up the main characters and construct a world, even when the main characters were just normal people, and the world they were building was this world.
Anyway, after that this movie in a non-stop thrill ride where things get worse and worse for everyone involved for my amusement. What I love about this movie is that it’s an action movie that doesn’t use many of the familiar tropes of action movies. Guns need to be reloaded, there’s a finite amount of bad guys, the hero can’t just shake off damage too him, in fact, John McClane seems downright weak at times. They still have lots one liners, shootouts, and explosions, so don’t worry, this isn’t completely ignoring the genre. It’s an excellent action movie though, and definitely the best movie in its own franchise.
Something I have to applaud in this movie is the acting. Bruce Willis is fine, but the real stars in this movie are Alan Rickman, playing Hans Gruber the role that propelled him into international superstardom, and Reginald VelJohnson, also known as “the dad from Family Matters,” who was called this until his death, despite still being alive.
Why you should watch it before you die: Because it’s arguably the best action movie ever made. Unless you absolutely hate action movies, you should watch it, and even then you should probably watch it anyway. It’s that good.