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039: A Very Die Hard Christmas

Maximilian Rivera December 20, 2016
Season’s greetings and a tip of the Christmas cap from all of us here at The Critical Breakdown. Our special treat to you, loyal listener/reader, is a deviation from our regularly scheduled romp through the dredges of rotten cinema, and into a true classic: Die Hard. Oh yeah, and a little movie called Rogue One came out last weekend; ever heard of it?

Premise: John McClane meets dashing German terrorist Hans Gruber at Nakatomi Plaza on Christmas day, hoping to impress him by ruining his bank robbery hostage scenario and killing all of his friends.

Die Hard represents the perfect action movie; it’s very streamlined and focused, it builds it’s characters well, and is perfectly paced. Die Hard does not pull any punches; extreme violence, complex protaginists and antagonists, and a healthy dose of potty language make it the ultimate family film.

“Wait a second!” you say, “This doesn’t sound like a Christmas movie at all”.

You are wrong. It’s a Christmas movie. They are at a Christmas party the whole time; this Christmas party is just way more exciting than Uncle Chester’s ugly sweater Yankee Swap. The Christmas setting does add a nice layer of familiarity to the film; the office party at Nakatomi Plaza feels very familiar if you have been to an office party. There are awkward conversations with coworkers, family members who don’t want to be there, and the police show up; very relatable!

Hans Gruber is not your ordinary bank robber. He is clever and eloquent and proves an excellent foil for the tough-as-nails NYPD street cop John McClane. The relationship between Gruber and McClane is one of the strongest points of the movie. McClane is not invincible, and Gruber is a real threat to him and the hostages; down to the closing moments of the movie, you really feel like McClane might not come out on top. It’s exhausting.

We also talk about this little Star Wars movie that came out, Rogue One. We get really spoiler-y with it though, so advance with caution if you haven’t seen it. Seriously, we talk about it all; we really liked it. Go see it.

Seriously everyone, Happy Holidays from The Critical Breakdown. Wally the Podcast Dog told me he got you all a gift, and then he farted. So he also wishes you all a very merry Christmas.

What’s your favorite Christmas movie? Leave us a review on iTunes letting us know! Or send us an email at TheCriticalBreakdownPodcast@gmail.com!

Max is a marketing copywriter by day, filmmaker and screenwriter by night. He resides in Charlotte, NC, and loves his dogs, watching movies, building LEGO sets, and eating food. Lots of food.You can find Max at his personal website and twitter.

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