A GOOD DAY TO DIE HARD (2013) Movie Review

If you pay attention to the popular critical reception garnered by the fifth Die Hard film, you will know that many critics would call this a bad, maybe even insulting film. Some might say that it barely even qualifies as part of the Die Hard franchise.

If you are of this opinion, I have one thing to say to you. And that is simply that you’re wrong. A Good Day to Die Hard is a brilliant parody of a Die Hard film.

Now, I know what you’re thinking. How ridiculous. This movie wasn’t a parody. It’s Die Hard 5, plain and simple.

Well, hear me out for a moment.

Consider the name alone. A Good Day to Die Hard? Really? Who would honestly ever give that name to a movie without intentionally poking fun at itself?

And let’s look at Bruce Willis. How could one possibly take this performance seriously? If you viewed this as a straight-faced action flick, anyone would HATE this character. But Bruno is marvelously playing his part in such a dispassionate and unaffected manner in order to comment on how cliche and played-out the John McClane character has become.

Think I’m wrong? Next time you watch this film (and you should since you missed all the subtleties), try to forget all the previous notions you had about Willis’ character and instead of expecting the fabled John McClane, imagine the character is really another man named Jon Mick-Laine. You will be in stitches when you realize what an error you made on your initial viewing.

Furthermore, the side characters couldn’t possibly be anything but caricatures of the modern action film and how these works have descended into such a low-brow, generic Mad-Lib that real character development is purely a thing of a past.

Why does the McClane son hate his father?

What is the villain’s evil plan?

Why does this guy tap dance when he kicks people’s guns away?

How can our heroes walk away from a nuclear explosion with no repercussions whatsoever?

It’s comedy, people. And genius comedy at that.

So if you initially watched this film expecting to see a traditional Die Hard movie and walked out despising this entry as a loathsome, miserable piece of crap that has little to nothing to do with the previous releases and whose only redeeming action scenario was ruined by the world’s most nauseating shaky-cam, just relax.

This movie should be considered as one of the most inspired comedic romps of our time with writing so exceptional and hysterical that many will be easily tricked by each clever turn in this mesmerizing send-up of the modern action flick.

I’m just kidding of course. If you hated this movie, it’s because it really was a loathsome, miserable piece of crap that stains any prospect of future Die Hard releases. A Good Day to Die Hard? I guess it must have fucking been.

Rating: 1 out of 5

~ Stephen

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