Reasons Why Die Hard Really Is A Christmas Movies
It’s the time of year when everyone gathers together to watch Christmas movies with their families. In some circles of film history, this debate is now as important as the meaning of Rosebud in Citizen Kane and whether Greedo or Han Solo shot Star Wars first. This is so important that YouGov conducted a poll and concluded that Die Hard was not a Christmas movie.
Three themes are at the heart of the arguments about the Christmassiness movie from 1988, commercial, cultural, and creative. The intentions of the people involved in the making of the film are the basis for the creative argument. The creative argument would be strong if John McTiernan, the director, and Steven De Souza, the writer, have both confirmed that Die Hard is a Christmas movie.
The Cultural And Commercial Arguments Movies
Commercials argue that Christmas movies are usually release around Christmas, and therefore are intend for families. Die Hard, however, was release in summer 1988 in the United States. It was clearly intend for adults. This argument that a summer movie can’t be Christmas movies is not support by even the most basic examination.
Holiday Inn, a perennial favorite, where Bing Crosby sings Irving Berlin’s White Christmas was also release in summer 1942. No one disputes that it is a Christmas movie. Even the remake of White Christmas was release in October 1954. A Christmas film is not require to be close to Christmas.
It’s A Christmas Movies For Nine Reasons
According to Mark Connelly’s introduction to Christmas at the Movies, the most common understanding of a Christmas movie is that the Christmas theme or motif is central to the film. This includes It’s a Wonderful Life as well as the various versions of Charles Dickens’s A Christmas Carol.
But there’s another category, of films that just happen to set around Christmas, a group that includes films such as the murder mystery The Thin Man and the mercenaries-in-Africa violence-fest The Wild Geese. This is the category that Die Hard falls under.
These The Nine Christmas Motifs Found
- Die Hard’s basic story is about a man who returns to his family for Christmas.
- Holly is Holly’s wife.
- It is held on Christmas Eve. It is not Thanksgiving or Fourth of July. Week of the calendar, but it wasn’t.
- Hans Gruber, the chief villain, is played by Alan Rickman. He explicitly invokes Christmas spirit.
- Gruber is the classic bad capitalist villain. He’s there to take money. As Old Man Potter did in It’s a Wonderful Life.
- The soundtrack includes Christmas tunes old and new: Run DMC’s “Christmas in Hollis” and Frank Sinatra’s rendition of Let it Snow.
- Santa Claus appears (in the form a dead terrorist).
- The film ends with Argyle, the limo driver (Devoreaux White), looking forward to New Years Eve.
Point nine, perhaps the most important argument, is that Christmas was a socially constructed tradition. It continues to evolve and adapt like all traditions. Films don’t have to contain religious references or a man wearing a red suit. Christmas is constantly changing and so what counts as a Christmas flick has grown tremendously.
The Ultimate Christmas Eve Action Movie Double Bill is a tradition at Chapman: Die Hard and James Bond’s On Her Majesty’s Secret Service. After Bond spying on Diana Rigg at the beach, we take a break for dinner and then get to Gruber jumping from the 30th floor in Nakatomi Tower at 9:30. Just in time to watch the Christmas dinner episode of The Vicar of Dibley again.