A Good Day To Die Hard is a stylistic, action-packed happenstance that returns one of this generations great action characters to the silver screen in another attempt to save the world. The film thrust everyone’s favorite, wise-cracking cop, John McClaine into another action-oriented extravaganza. The movie is the fifth film in the Die Hard franchise. The film stars Bruce Willis (The Expendable 2), Mary Elizabeth Winestead (Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter), Jai Courtney (Jack Reacher), Cole Hauser (The Hit List), and Sebastian Koch (Unknown)
A Good Day To Die Hard (AGDTDH)is a film that can be viewed in two distinct ways. It can be seen as a film that tweeters the line between being a good satire of action movies or a ridiculous, over the top attempt to cash in one of the biggest action franchises in recent history. I prefer the former as opposed to the latter because each one of the films have gotten more over the top as each one has debuted. AGDTDH is clearly not the best of the franchise but it’s not the horrible film that many are making it out to be. Much of it is over the top and sometimes borders ridiculous but since Die Hard 3: Die With A Vengeance the films have become more of a campy style action film as opposed to being actually realistic. This one embellishes more on the ridiculous aspect that some of the others but how serious can you take John MacClane doing what he’s been doing since the late 80’s serious at his age?
One of the best aspects of the film is how the Die Hard franchise has kept all members of the McClane family in every picture with the exception of the third. This addition uses his son in order to help John with the action allowing for some more plausible action sequences that actually show the characters age and since of progression since the 80’s. Another aspect that was great about this film was the way that McClane is remorseful almost regretful about being the “Bad ass, wise cracking” workaholic that never took enough time for his family. True fans of the franchise will appreciate the way the character is portrayed and how it truly shows the human aspect of our great hero. Willis plays the character as a broken man who knows that he’s made mistakes. This are shown in short bursts of dialogue that delve into the life of his character. Longtime fans of the series will immediately relate.
The biggest detractor from this film is that it veers further away from its reality based ideal that McClane is just the “everyday Joe” who is “just doing his job.” This film showed be viewed more as a satire and a throwback that pays homage to the other films and the experiences that this “everyday Joe” has gone thru. After saving the world four times over, how can this guy even be viewed as just an “everyday joe” anymore?
The Die Hard films have never been story heavy. They have always been about big, bold over the top action and this film delivers it. This one may be the one that takes that aspect over the top but it is huge on the big action scenes that fans of the franchise have become accustomed and DE 5 embellishes on that. Clearly not the worse of the series nor does it do the others a disservice. This is more of a fans film. I think they are too many lofty expectations being placed on this film. Just strap up enjoy the ride and YIPPEE KAY YAY MF**!!!
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