Maybe it’s politics, maybe it’s religion, or global warming, or perhaps it’s about whether the new Star Wars or House of Dragons TV shows are better than the originals (not a chance). Regardless there is one hilariously hot topic that always seems to pop up around this time of year without fail.
Is “Die Hard” a Christmas movie?
For those of you who are die-hard fans of the movie franchise (pun intended), you will no doubt have an opinion on this. For those of you who haven’t seen it, it’s one of the most classic action movies of the 80s and is definitely worth a watch for some 80s style adventure-packed fun. And for those of you who may have seen it but can’t really remember anything about it, allow me to catch you up on the debate. Don’t worry, there’s no spoilers… I don’t think.
The “Die Hard” movie, released in 1988, is an action film that takes place on Christmas Eve. The movie follows the character John McClane, a New York City police detective, as he tries to save his wife and others who have been taken hostage by a group of terrorists at a high-rise office building in Los Angeles.
While the movie is not specifically about Christmas or the holiday season, the argument in favor of “Die Hard” being a Christmas movie is that it takes place on Christmas Eve and features many holiday elements, such as Christmas decorations, carol singing and Christmas related themes in the background of certain scenes. Not to mention, the main character, John McClane, is also seen wearing a Santa hat at one point in the film.
However, others argue that “Die Hard” is not a Christmas movie because it does not have the traditional holiday themes of love, family, and redemption that are often associated with Christmas movies (which is not necessarily a bad thing in my opinion). The movie is primarily an action thriller, and while it does take place on Christmas Eve, many would argue that this is more of a backdrop for the plot than a central theme.
But what do you think?
Ultimately, whether or not Die Hard can be considered a Christmas movie comes down to personal interpretation. Some may argue that the holiday setting and themes are enough to qualify it as a Christmas movie, while others may view it more as an action film with a holiday setting.
Regardless of how you choose to categorize it, there’s no denying that Die Hard has become a beloved holiday classic for many fans, and its unique blend of action and holiday cheer continues to make it a fan favorite all year round and fun topic for debate around the holiday season.
But we would love to hear your opinions on it.