Genre Grandeur – Die Hard (1988) – Encore Review 10 – MovieRob

For this month’s next review for Genre Grandeur – Alternative Christmas movies here’s a review of Die Hard (1988) by me.

Thanks again to Chris ‘Tank’ Tanski of Fright Rags for choosing this month’s genre.

Next month’s genre has been chosen by Lisa Leehey of Critical Critics and we will be reviewing our favorite Unreliable Narrator Movies.

Please get me your submissions by the 25th of Jan by sending them to

Try to think out of the box! Great choice Lisa!

Let’s see what I thought of this movie:


“We’re gonna need some more FBI guys, I guess.” – Dwayne T. Robinson

Number of Times Seen – Seriously too many to count (Video, Cable, 13 Oct 1992, DVD, 4 May 2000, Jan 2012, 24 Nov 2013, 30 Nov 2014, 4 Nov 2015, 11 Nov 2015, 13 Jul 2017, 3 Dec 2017, 30 Jul 2018, 2 Apr 2019, 29 Oct 2019 and 27 May 2020 and 30 Dec 2020)

Link to original reviewHere Here Here Here Here, Here, Here, Here, Here and Here

Brief Synopsis – A New York Detective visiting his estranged wife in LA for Christmas gets stuck in the building when it is taken over by terrorists.

My Take on it –This is such an amazing film that I have loved for decades ever since I first saw it.

When Tank chose this months theme, there was no question in my mind that this film would be one of my choices.

This may be a controversial Christmas movie, but to me, it is by far the best because the theme revolves around the holiday themes of family and togetherness.

The story is played out so well here and they do a wonderful job building up the story with lots of hints along the way as to how things will happen.

Bruce Willis is absolutely terrific in the lead role and his performance here makes the character of John McClane  such an iconic one.

The film’s concept works sow ell all the time.

It has been copied so often over the year, but no one was ever able to find a way to copy the formula well enough.

The action scenes of the film are great and the fact that Willis’ build is not one that seems superhuman helps make things more realistic to watch unfold.

Alan Rickman is the perfect villain here and is truly a very worthy adversary for Willis largely due to the way he delivers his lines and the various interactions that he has with the other characters.

Bottom Line – Amazing film that is by far the best Christmas movie ever made. The story plays out so well and they do a wonderful job building this up by leaving small hints along the way. Willis is superb in the lead role and helps create such a wonderful iconic character. The concept of this film works so well that it has been copied so often over the past 32 years, yet never has anyone else managed to get the formula as right as they do here. The action scenes are played out really well and Willis’ build makes things more realistic and genuine because he doesn’t seem superhuman, yet still manages to deal with everything here. Rickman is perfect as the villain in the film and is a worthy adversary with the dialogue and interactions with the other characters. Highly Highly Recommended!

MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – In an article for the 30th anniversary of Die Hard, Bonnie Bedelia stated that the first thing she thinks of when someone mentions Die Hard is Alan Rickman. The two became friends and had lunch together every day while shooting the movie. She expressed how lovely and gentle Rickman was in real life. (From IMDB)

Rating – Oscar Worthy (10/10) (no change from original review)


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