039: A Very Die Hard Christmas
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.
“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.
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.