Die Hard (1988)

Dir: John McTiernan, with Bruce Willis

My word, that was fun. And funny. There are all kinds of tut-tutting noises one could make, but they wouldn’t make Die Hard less than a brilliantly effective film.

Things it did take seriously: family, male solidarity, acting by the rules until the bad guys break them, courage. Europeans are decidedly dodgy: personal greed masquerading under cover of political extremism. Cocaine and Rolex watches are works of the devil (the latter would drag you to the pits of hell if you don’t undo its shackle). Cowboy films are Castiglione’s “Book of the Courtier” updated.

It was interesting to rewatch Die Hard in the year when populism is much in the news. Those in positions of public authority were worse than useless; it was up to the brave little guy to save the day. Hmmm . . .

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