Every year around Christmas, the Die Hard debate begins again. You know what we're talking about. Is it or is it it not a Christmas movie? Certain great minds say a firm no. Others say the appearance of lights, a tree, and holiday festivities is enough to make it so. Comedian and writer for The Late Show with Stephen Colbert, Daniel Kibblesmith, says we're concentrating on the wrong thing.
It's hard to know how much skepticism this particular plot point was met with in the 1980s when the film was released, but Kibblesmith points out how very reluctant any authorities are to believe some sort of shooting is taking place in an office building:
The biggest thing I learned rewatching ‘Die Hard’ is that 80s cops were VERY skeptical that there might be a shooting in a workplace.— Daniel Kibblesmith ⛄️⚔️🦖 (@kibblesmith) January 2, 2018
Oh, does Die Hard have a thing with guns?
And it wasn't just the police who were willing to excuse all the signs that some sort of violence was happening:
Oh and the entire FBI, including Agent Principal From The Breakfast Club, who finds a bullet-riddled terrorist corpse and suggests it might be a broker who committed suicide.— Daniel Kibblesmith ⛄️⚔️🦖 (@kibblesmith) January 2, 2018
“There are no terrorists”— Daniel Kibblesmith ⛄️⚔️🦖 (@kibblesmith) January 2, 2018
“A cop told me there were”
“He’s a terrorist”
“But you just said—“
“There’s no hostages though”
“Maybe we could call the house of someone who works there? See if they came home tonight?”
“.......We’re going in.” pic.twitter.com/aQWVSgieeK
It's a funny observation, but only because nowadays, there's no way a mass shooting scenario wouldn't be taken seriously immediately. Does this ruin Die Hard for you? How about if you keep in mind that it's a Christmas movie?
Other folks chimed in with their interpretations of the film:
Daniel, I’m pretty sure that this is just a movie about a guy who is sad his wife got a job so he ultimately blows up her office building.— Jennifer Wright (@JenAshleyWright) January 2, 2018
You’re all missing the real point. It is centered around Christmas. Guy hoping to reconnect with family. Wackiness ensues: theives, explosions, action. Guy reconnects with family. Both saved by emotionally damaged beat cop. = Christmas miracle. & Christmas movie.— Timothy Majka (@tmajic52) January 2, 2018
Also, that their greatest emotional battle was learning to kill again, after shooting a kid.— Jazbeck (@_jazbeck_) January 2, 2018
I think we can all agree that Die Hard is confusing, but also that Alan Rickman is amazing in it.