June 28th, 2007
Live Free Die Hard

We went to see Die Hard yesterday afternoon. I should probably start by saying that I REALLY like the Die Hard series. Didn’t care for Die Hard 3 as much as the first two, but it was enjoyable enough.

As with all Die Hard movies, there were some over the top moments. It wouldn’t be Die Hard if there weren’t. 😉 What I liked about this one (and all the others) is that Bruce Willis’ character is an ‘every’ man. He’s not superman. He’s not pumped. He’s not attempting to appear younger than his age. (That was very refreshing.) He’s an average guy, trying to do the best he can. The fact that he felt out of place in a technological world, only adds to the believability.

What’s bad about the film? Some of the shots really are over the top and had me rolling my eyes. Also, it’s obvious that the film was edited (and NOT well) to maintain its PG13 rating. You see blips in various scenes where they’ve cut the film or did voice-over work without actually having the actor redo the scene. So their mouths don’t match the words. They’re quick and don’t actually take you out of the movie, but they are noticable.

That said, I left this film with a huge smile on my face and a skip in my step. I chuckled all the way through it at the various lines that were being tossed out by the characters. It was a lot of fun and exactly what you expect from a Die Hard film. I wouldn’t mind seeing it again. If you’re into action/adventure brain candy, then this is the film for you. 🙂

12 comments to “Live Free Die Hard”

  1. I’m counting the days until DVD release. I loooooove big dumb action movies!

  2. Thanks for the review, Jordan. It seems worth a look to me, and I really like good one liners in a movie.

  3. Charli, You may have a while to wait. My guess is the earliest it’ll be out is X-mas.

  4. Bernard, If you like the one liners, then you’ll enjoy this movie. There were a lot of them. *ggg*

  5. I love these kinds of movies. Remember, as writers, we need to feed our heads with all kinds of treats, from steak tar tar, to fine wine, to dark beer and cheetos. Keeps us vital and versitile.

  6. Ursula, Good point. Pass the cheetos.;)

  7. I LOVED the first Diehard, and the second one nearly as much. So I’ll probably see this one too…but why in the world would they bother with a PG-rating? (grumble, grumble…)

  8. I can’t wait to see it! Oddly, I’ve heard Bruce Willis in my head for a several male characters over the years.

  9. I actually am looking forward to the big dumb action movies this summer. Although I have to admit the only reason I’d bother with Die Hard in the theater is for hubby. I could wait till it comes out on DVD but he likes the big screen, although all the people in the theater he tends to grumble about. I think he’s scarred from our last experience at the movies when a rather erm large man man whapped him in the back of his head with his beer gut. How do you explain to someone that they’ve just given you whiplast because they whacked you with their gut?

  10. Raine, I think you’ll like this one. I know Bruce Willis fought long and hard to get this movie an R-rating, but the studio wanted it PG-13. His reasoning was that this is the last Die Hard. It should go out with a ‘bang’. 😉 They wanted all the kiddies to be able to see the film without an adult. Money won.

  11. Jo, Bruce would make a really good hero because of the character traits he projects. He’s alpha and fairly uncompromising, but extremely protective. He’s funny and strangely charming. Also, there is something sexy/sexual about him. A kind of underlying confidence that he exudes.

  12. Shannon, LOL! I’d say the answer to that question is ‘carefully’. 😉 *ggg*