Is Die Hard A Christmas Movie?

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(Photo by 20th Century Fox Film Corp. courtesy Everett Collection) In 1988, Bruce Willis rose to fame as an action hero in the iconic film Die Hard. But the debate over whether or not it...

20th Century Fox Film Corp. courtesy Everett Collection (Photo by 20th Century Fox Film Corp. courtesy Everett Collection)

In 1988, Bruce Willis rose to fame as an action hero in the iconic film Die Hard. But the debate over whether or not it qualifies as a Christmas movie has raged on for decades. Some argue that the holiday setting is incidental, while others believe it has become an unconventional part of their annual festive traditions.

Yippie-Ki-Yay!

20th Century Film Corp. courtesy Everett Collection (Photo by 20th Century Film Corp. courtesy Everett Collection)

For those who consider Die Hard a Christmas movie, it offers a unique escape from the overwhelming expectations and stress associated with the holiday season. Unlike traditional Christmas films, it presents a gritty and explosive alternative. While the holiday is typically associated with togetherness, Die Hard reflects the reality for many who find themselves in undesirable situations, trapped with people they can't escape from, just like the film's protagonist, John McClane. In today's politically-charged climate, this film serves as a much-needed release from the burdens of Christmas.

Yippie-Ki-Nay!

20th Century Fox Film Corp. (Photo by 20th Century Fox Film Corp.)

On the other hand, those who argue against Die Hard being categorized as a Christmas movie point out that the holiday itself does not play a central role in the plot. The events could easily have taken place during any other time of the year, without impacting the story significantly. Furthermore, the film's violent and vengeful nature stands in stark contrast to the spirit of joy and peace associated with Christmas. If we consider the movie's release date and marketing, it becomes clear that it was intended more as a summer blockbuster than a holiday film.

At the end of the day, while Die Hard may be hailed as one of the greatest action films ever made, it does not fit the criteria of a traditional Christmas movie. Even Bruce Willis himself has weighed in, and a majority of the population agrees. However, the debate continues to thrive, proving that the holiday season has a place for non-traditional festivities too.

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