C’mon, Rotten Tomatoes. John McClane’s new movie deserves more than a 14% rating! Okay, so maybe the Die Hard franchise is getting on in years—it’s been almost 25 years since the original came out—and this is the fifth movie in the series that most people say peaked with the third installment. Maybe people didn’t really like the last one, Live Free or Die Hard, but that doesn’t mean the Die Hard franchise has gone to hell! Besides, the audience score for A Good Day To Die Hard on Rotten Tomatoes is 82%, so it can’t be all bad, right?
For those of you still on the fence about whether you should go see the new Die Hard movie this weekend, I compiled a list of reasons you definitely watch this flick. I mean, c’mon, at least it’s not Safe Haven. (Beware, there is yippe-ki-yay swearing ahead)
Okay, hear me out on this one: how great is the Valentine’s themed poster Die Hard uploaded to its Facebook yesterday? “So great!” is the answer you’re looking for. Not to mention that all the posters on their Facebook page have helped fans—and me—gear up to the movie’s premiere. The Book of John McClane posters especially have cracked me up on many occasions. Plus the trailers have been coming out for months, and they’re really great trailers. This movie might have help from its franchise’s reputation, but the advertising is hilarious all on its own.
Die Hard Is Totally Romantic
Who doesn’t love to watch a good action flick to get in the mood? Explosions, fast cars, a nuclear-weapons heist—isn’t that what love is made of? Plus A Good Day To Die Hard takes place in Russia, the country of love. Okay, okay, maybe that’s a bit wrong, but there is some great eye candy: Jai Courtney plays Jack McClane and Yuliya Snigir plays Irina. And, of course, Bruce Willis reprises his role as ass-kicking John McClane—if you’re into that sort of thing. No one can say this isn’t a romantic movie.
Die Hard is a Holiday Movie
The first two take place around Christmas; the third one is so great it doesn’t need it’s own holiday (although it hit theaters around Memorial Day); the fourth one revolves around the Fourth of July; so naturally the fifth movie in the series should come out on a holiday as well. What other holiday than Valentine’s Day? Hollywood has obviously picked up on the fact that we love a good Die Hard flick with our holiday celebrations, so that’s what they’ve given us. Now all the movie needs is a great Guns N’ Roses song on the soundtrack and it’s the perfect Valentine’s Day movie. (In actuality, there isn’t any GNR on the official soundtrack, but it was composed by Marco Beltrami, who composed music for the last Die Hard as well. So I guess that’s okay.)
It’s Mother-Fucking Die Hard
I have never met a person who didn’t like Die Hard. Do those people exist? Are there really people out there that watch the original Die Hard and think, “Nope, this isn’t for me”? Because that is a class of people I would not like to meet. In all seriousness though, Die Hard is the one action movie that is universally liked because it’s a great movie that’s fun to watch and is actually good—even for an action movie. So if you lose faith in franchises once they reach a certain age or number of movies, you can’t help but admit that each Die Hard sequel is born from one of the best movies of all time. Die Hard is a classic, and you should watch A Good Day To Die Hard just for that fact. But also because you’ll probably enjoy it.
If my list didn’t sway you, I just want to remind you again that the new Nicholas Sparks movie, Safe Haven, as well as the based-on-a-YA-novel movie, Beautiful Creatures, are your other options at the cinemas this weekend.