Die Hard (1988) Movie Review

Director: John McTiernan

Writer: Jeb Stuart, Steven E de Souza (Screenplay) Roderick Thorp (Novel)

Starring: Bruce Willis, Bonnie Bedelia, Alan Rickman, Reginald VelJohnson, Paul Gleason, De’voreaux White, William Atherton, Alexander Godunov

Plot: An NYPD officer tries to save his wife and several others taken hostage by German terrorists during a Christmas party at the Nakatomi Plaza in Los Angeles.

Tagline – He’s the only chance anyone has got.

Runtime: 2 Hour 12 Minutes

There may be spoilers in the rest of the review

Verdict: Absolute Classic

Story: Die Hard starts when John McClane (Willis) heads to LA to spend Christmas with his wife Holly (Bedelia) during a work party at the Nakatomi Plaza, this is one last chance to hopeful rekindle their marriage.

The party takes a turn for the worst when Hans Gruber (Rickman) and his highly trained team crash the party, holding the guests hostage, only John gets away unseen, John hides in the building trying to lower the odds to save the guests including Holly from the terrorist that simply won’t stop.

Thoughts on Die Hard

Characters – John McClane is a New York police officer that is spending Christmas in LA with his wife, trying to save his marriage, he isn’t the guy that goes to business parties, but he gets his chance to shine when the terrorists take over the building, he shows his ability to evolve to the situation to stay ahead of the terrorists. Hans Gruber is the leader of the terrorists who have taken of Nakatomi Plaza, they are in control of the hostages, with their plan in motion, he sees McClane as a pain, rather than a problem expecting his men to be able to solve the situation, he always has a plan for the different situations he could be expecting. Holly is John’s wife who works in the building, she becomes the leader of the hostages not revealing her identity to the terrorists.

PerformancesBruce Willis is fantastic in the leading role, it was the role which made him a superstar as he gives us one of the most iconic figures in cinema history. Alan Rickman on his debut in film is truly brilliant too, bringing one of the most iconic villains in film history too. The rest of the cast do bring us characters we will remember through the film, which is something most action films struggle with.

StoryThe story here follows a cop that finds himself needing to overcome the odds to rescue a large group of hostages from a group of terrorists. This story keeps everything simple with the terrorists having their plan, the cop having to think on his feet and the supporting characters given enough development to make us care about what is happening. This story is great to watch because of the fact it doesn’t make anything more complicated than it needs to be and become one that nearly everybody knows.

ActionThe action is filled with shoot outs, explosions and fights, everything you would to see in this style of film.

SettingsThe film keeps all the action in the tower, it keeps everything feeling contained which only adds to the hunt for McClane by the terrorists.

Scene of the Movie – Welcome to the party Pal.

That Moment That Annoyed Me – Nothing.

Final Thoughts This is easily one of the greatest action films of all time, it brings us two of the biggest icons in film history and will leave forever in the memories of the audience.

Overall: Classic.

ABC Film Challenge – Romance – V – Book Club (2018) Movie Review

This is under V because of the character Vivian.

Director: Bill Holderman

Writer: Bill Holderman, Erin Simms (Screenplay)

Starring: Diane Keaton, Jane Fonda, Candice Bergen, Mary Steenburgen, Andy Garcia, Craig T Nelson, Don Johnson, Ed Begley Jr

Plot: Four lifelong friends have their lives forever changed after reading 50 Shades of Grey in their monthly book club.

Tagline – The Next Chapter is Always the Best. 

Runtime: 1 Hour 44 Minutes

There may be spoilers in the rest of the review

Verdict: Great Study of Love

Story: Book Club starts as we meet the four members of the book club, we have the widowed Diane (Keaton), the hotel tycoon Vivian (Fonda), the divorced judge Sharon (Bergen) and still happily married Carol (Steenburgen), they group meet every month for a book club and this month the book selected by Vivian is 50 Shades of Grey.

As the women read the book, they start to get a new zest in for one that they didn’t know they had lost as they end up wanting to read more than just the first in the trilogy.

Thoughts on Book Club

Characters – Diane is the widowed member of the group, her adult children want her to move across country to be closer to them, while she doesn’t want to leave her friends, believing she isn’t old enough to worry about, she does meet a new man that gives her a new purpose in life, wanting to get the spark back after a year of grieving. Vivian is a hotel tycoon that has been working hard her whole life, she has had fun and is the one that will give the club a riskier book, with an old love returning to her life. Sharon is a judge that saw her husband leave her 18 years ago, living with her cat, not wanting to try with men anymore. Carol is the happily married one of the club, she does see her marriage feeling stale, wanting to spice it back up again.

PerformancesWe have four great leading performances between the four women, each one plays into how we would be used to seeing the actresses in, with each one of them shining with their own stories.

StoryThe story here follows four women in a book club that read 50 Shades of Grey and get a new spark for love in their lives. This does follow four different women that are friends that have always had their own direction for life, but have let their love lives slip away. It shows that you can never be too old for love and you should never give up on love in your life, however many different events could cause you pain, there will always be something that gives you back the spark in life and that you should chase it.

Comedy/RomanceThe comedy in this film comes from how the older generation would react to reading a 50 Shades of Grey, how they plan to get more out of their love lives, it will get laughs with reactions through the film and does show that romance and love is important in life.

SettingsThe film does use the four different lives as the backdrop, none of the women look up or down to each other, they are happy with their surroundings and success in life.

Scene of the Movie – Diane’s secret comes out.

That Moment That Annoyed Me – Vivian does have too much free time considering she runs a hotel.

Final Thoughts This is a funny romantic comedy that does show how important love can be at any ages, with wonderful performances from the whole cast.

Overall: Delightful Comedy.