Die Hard: the only Christmas film with explosions? (article)

As we all know, Die Hard is the ultimate Christmas movie. It’s got all the necessary ingredients: a jolly old man (Alan Rickman’s iconic Hans Gruber), a festive setting (the Nakatomi Plaza), and of course, Bruce Willis as John McClane – the ultimate Santa Claus, delivering presents (bullets) to all the naughty boys and girls.

But in case you’re still not convinced, let’s break it down further.

Firstly, Die Hard is set on Christmas Eve. That’s as Christmassy as it gets. And while some may argue that the film’s action-packed plot takes away from the holiday spirit, we beg to differ. After all, what’s more heartwarming than a lone hero taking down a group of ruthless terrorists, all while wearing a now-iconic vest and sweat-soaked undershirt?

Secondly, the film’s central theme is one of family and redemption. John McClane travels to Los Angeles to reunite with his estranged wife and children, and in the process, he learns the true meaning of Christmas – forgiveness and togetherness. Plus, who can forget the iconic scene where John gives his wife a much-needed change of clothes and a big, Christmassy hug?

Thirdly, Die Hard is full of holiday references. From the Christmas decorations adorning the Nakatomi Plaza, to the various Christmas songs playing in the background (including “Let It Snow” and “Jingle Bell Rock”), the film is a veritable Christmas feast for the senses. And let’s not forget the iconic scene where John uses a fire hose to slide down the building, a clear nod to Santa’s sleigh.

Additionally, the film’s villains – the German terrorist group led by Hans Gruber – are the perfect embodiment of the Grinch-like figures that plague so many Christmas stories. They seek to ruin the holiday for everyone by stealing millions of dollars and holding hostages. But, of course, they are no match for John McClane and his Christmas spirit.

And let’s not forget the film’s ending, where John and his family are finally reunited and able to celebrate the holiday together. It’s the perfect happy ending to a truly festive tale.

So this holiday season, don’t settle for the typical Christmas fare – choose Die Hard instead. It may not have snow, mistletoe, or chestnuts roasting on an open fire, but it has everything else you need for a truly unforgettable Christmas experience.

Come on, people, Die Hard is not just a Christmas movie – it’s the ultimate Christmas movie. So put aside your holiday classics like It’s a Wonderful Life and A Christmas Carol, and instead, settle in for a night of guns, explosions, and festive cheer with John McClane and the gang. Ho ho ho!

Die Hard: the only Christmas film with explosions? (article)
Die Hard: the only Christmas film with explosions? (article)


Colonel Frog is a long time science fiction and fantasy fan. He loves reading novels in the field, and he also enjoys watching movies (as well as reading lots of other genre books).

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