The Best of Christmas: Day 6 & 7
Updated: Dec 8, 2018
I can’t believe it. I missed a day in the advent calendar. It was a gooden too! So today I will have to redeem myself with two movie reveals. Strap yourself in.
Behind the neglected 6th door is an ageing debate in the form of John McClane. Leading on from The Nightmare Before Christmas controversy, I propose that Die Hard is 100% a Christmas movie.
Naturally as people, we like to put things into boxes. I think that’s why so many people struggle to view Die Hard as a Christmas movie, because it’s such an iconic action film. But why does something have to conform to count? Yeah okay, Die Hard isn’t your conventional Christmas classic, but that’s what makes it fun! Another common argument is that if you take Christmas out of the Die Hard equation, you’re left with the same film. That’s wrong though, and I’ll tell ya why.
Firstly, by that logic, other christmas classics must come into question. 'Home Alone'? If that weren’t set at Christmas, it’d still be a tale of a young boy with sociopathic tendencies and neglectful parents. And what about Love Actually? Take Christmas out of that and it’s just a load of entitled white men getting what they want. It is my opinion that Alan Rickman is no less a prick in Love Actually than he is in Die Hard. #NannyMcPheeDeservedBetter. Anyway, you can take the Die Hard out of Christmas but you can’t take the Christmas out of Die Hard, for a whole host of reasons that I present to you below:
1. His wife is called Holly. Er, symbolism much?
2. Saving Holly's life is what drives the entire plot.
3. Behind all the explosions and action, this film has heart and meaning, summed up in the line “She is the best thing that ever happened to a bum like me.”
4. It’s literally a story about an estranged family man putting things right before Christmas morning.
5. It’s set at a Christmas party! What says December more than being stuck in buildings with people you can’t escape from?
6. The soundtrack is filled to the brim with Christmas classics e.g Let it Snow! Let it Snow! Let it Snow!, Ode To Joy & Winter Wonderland.
9. Bit of a stretch but, when John McClane is stuck in the elevator, what Christmas figure does that remind you of hmm?
10. The most confirmative reason of all. Steven E.de Souza, the Screenwriter, said it is a christmas film. Sure, film’s are up for interpretation, but would you tell Tarantino that 'Inglorious Basterds' isn’t a war film? No, you wouldn’t. Because that’d make you a dick.
And now for today’s reveal!
Try to shift your mind away from a sweaty Bruce Willis pulping some Russians with a machine gun, and instead picture a very pale Michael Keaton in a top hat and scarf. That’s right, Behind door 7 is Jack Frost.
There’s so much wrong with this film but I can’t help but love it anyway. Jack Frost is the story of a father who can’t keep his promises, desperately trying to fix his relationship with his son, on a time constraint. There is no shortage of cheesy dialogue, *cough* “snow dad is better than no dad!” *cough* and the special effects are hilariously creepy, with the snowman referred to by Roger Ebert as “the most repulsive single creature in the history of special effects, and I am not forgetting the Chucky doll or the desert intestine from “Star Wars.”
Despite it’s flaws, I think theres so much charm in this 1998 family film. It’s actually quite poignant at times, but this is easily balanced with humour. Moreover, I highly approve of a Mark Addy / Michael Keaton combo.
Anyway, there you go, a double whammy.
Thanks for reading,