What’s The Best Christmas Movie Ever Made?
Don’t we all just love a good holiday flick? Every year, like clockwork, studios set to release films to capitalize on the Christmas season. Every couple of years, one or two movies that can be enjoyed by the whole family actually pan out and we not only get a good Christmas movie, but a genuinely good film as well.
When you ask anyone what their favorite Xmas film is, you’ll undoubtedly get responses like Home Alone, The Santa Clause, A Christmas Story, Elf, Scrooged, National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation, or Miracle on 34th Street. Now, those answers are all fine and dandy, but let’s think outside the box shall we?
Okay, in that case, you might be thinking something like The Nightmare Before Christmas, Bad Santa, Gremlins, or even Trading Places. With these picks, you might be right in some circles, but not here. We like our Christmas movies more obscure. We’re talking Lethal Weapon, Batman Returns, Brazil, Kiss Kiss Bang Bang, Eyes Wide Shut, and Rocky IV.
But none of those are it either! To us, the all time greatest Christmas film is, (drum roll please…) none other than Die Hard. Yep, thats right. It’s got something for everyone: action, romance, and adventure mixed with some elements of your classic thriller. And what makes this a Christmas movie? Well, for starters, it all takes place at Christmas and secondly, plot elements found in the film are mirrored in its PG counterparts. If you’re paying attention while watching you’ll understand. For comparison’s sake, use 1998’s I’ll be home for Christmas starring Jonathan Taylor Thomas.
The film is about NYPD officer, John McClane (Bruce Willis), who decides to head to Nakatomi Plaza in Los Angeles where he hopes to reconnect with his estranged wife, Holly Gennaro (Bonnie Bedelia), at a company Christmas party. Shortly after arriving, Holly and other members of the party are captured and held hostage by a German terrorist named Hans Gruber (Alan Rickman) and his vicious henchmen. John makes it his mission to save his wife and to stop the terrorists. Just thinking about it puts us in the Christmas spirit.
The film has an IMDB rating of 8.2 from just over 600,000 votes. It was directed by John McTiernan and written by Jeb stuart & Steven E. de Souza. It was based on a novel written by Roderick Thorp titled “Nothing Lasts Forever” which was actually the sequel to a previous novel he’d written titled “The Detective.”
On second thought, maybe it’s not meant for everyone – the film is rated R after all. But, if the kids are in bed and you’re looking for something to watch while snuggling up with some hot cocoa, then this is for you. Yippie Ki Yay MotherF**ker!