|Two Jar Slave |
This movie had a good script (very aware of what colour yarn it was spinning), a great action director, colourful side characters (the sleazy corporate negotiator, the blonde German terminator), fun details (I always chuckle at the SWAT guy who pricks himself on a rosebush while in full action hero mode), and Bruce Willis at his most charismatic, and it still wouldn't have been half as good as it was without Alan Rickman. He devoured this movie, and his calibre can be appreciated by watching the shitty sequels that trotted out one bland bad guy after another, trying to recapture his magic. Military Guy! A Hacker! Jeremy Irons in a tank top!
We all know this already, but it's worth saying how rare it is for an actor playing a villain to bring more than just sleaze and violence to the screen. Movies like this live or die (HARD!!) by the quality of their villains, and he was so good that part of the reason we rooted for the dumb cop to win was sheer envy. RIP Alan Rickman.
John Holmes Motherfucker
The sequels (the ones I've seen, anyway) weren't bad, but the original Diehard has got to be the best action movie I've ever seen. The machine guns, explosions, breaking glass and falling bodies are great, but the real attraction is John McLean and Hans Gruber, playing chess with live Ammo, the initiative moving back and forth. It certainly is a great script, TJS. It wouldn't be hard for any decent actor to move beyond sleaze and violence with a script like that, but Alan Rickman treated those memorable lines with all the wit and elegance they deserved. I can't remember the name of the villain Dennis Hopper played in Speed, but we all remember Hans Gruber.
As wonderful as he was as a villain, I'm glad that in his later career he had the chance to play some comic roles. He was wonderful in "Dogma" and "Galaxy Quest."
Two Jar Slave
Huh. My mom also makes a Die Hard exception to her usual dislike of violent movies, and at Christmas she often asks to see "the one where he blows up the jet with a zippo." Do all moms like Die Hard?
I think so! My mom says the same thing, "the one where he gets stabbed in the eye with an icicle". But she freaks out when I try to get her to watch The Knick when I'm over. Ultimate Mom Movie.
I actually liked all of the sequels except for the 5th one: The fourth one in particular, if you can find the unrated one is actually pretty nerdily funny, and John takes down a fighter jet with his bare hands, if I remember. The PG13 cut sucked though; yippiekayyay mo.......... is no fun! Also John scalps someone in the hacker's house in the unrated version! Die Hard 5 had as good of a premise as any DH movie could; now he's in Russia and wait he had a son? It brought back the R-rated violence and cussin of the first 3, but it just wasn't fun for me. But here's to Die Hard 6 In Space!
Two Jar Slave
I only saw the fourth one in theatres, and I guess it was the PG-13 edit. I didn't actually know there was another cut out there. I'll have to check that out. Y'know, I did like Die Hard 3 quite a bit because it entered this weird children's-story realm with the riddles and robbing Fort Knox, and the bomb-squad getting sprayed with maple syrup. But the villain is less memorable than Dennis Hopper in Speed.
The Die Hard 2 was real bad, though. Probably the blandest villain this side of a Marvel production, and Bruce doesn't even get good quips. "Tell me something, Lorenzo. What sets off the metal detectors first: the lead in your ass or the shit in your brains?"
SHIT DOESN'T SET OFF--oh, forget it.
|Scrotum H. Vainglorious |
Loved him in Robocop.
|John Holmes Motherfucker |
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