I am pleased to say that all of the stuff I thought I knew about Die Hard, I did know about Die Hard. And none of that knowledge in any way ruined the experience of watching it, either, so that was a relief. Although I was a bit shocked that I didn't have any sort of fore-knowledge about the super-insightful chatterbox that is Argyle. What the heck, pop culture osmosis?
Anyway, I did have a few thoughts on the movie, and I feel compelled to share them beyond the long-suffering audience that is my husband.
First and foremost, I had no idea that Die Hard is essentially the grown-man-version of Twilight, by which I mean just absolute, unapologetic self-insertion fantasy. And I don't mean that in a derisive way at all (I happen to enjoy the hell out of Twilight, personally): I found it delightful, but also think it's just hilarious that no one, when they are talking about this movie, comes out and says, "By the way this shit is basically a ludicrous daydream that you have when you're pissed at the bureaucrats in your office." It even had levels of self-insertion, you know? Obviously everyone wants to be John McClane (looked up the spelling this time), lone wolf bad ass taking out a building full of super scary bad guys, but if we're honest with ourselves we know we wouldn't actually be that cool, because we don't have even as much training as he had (which, frankly, was not enough to do what he did but yes yes fantasy I get it). But then there's Sgt. Powell, who any one of us totally could be- just an ordinary, overweight desk-jockey, whose main super power is seeing that all his superiors are fucking idiots. We might not be able to save the day on our own in real life, but we can totally be the person smart enough to listen to the guy who can.
Another super great thing about this movie was just how much a product of its time it was. Hauling around a giant freaking teddy bear on a plane! Smoking everywhere, including with that giant teddy bear you're giving to your kids! Coke is definitely something we do at a company party! Naked boobies for literally no reason whatsoever! It was great. When McClane (super-sexy-tough-dude-that-every-single-lady-including-the-pregnant-one-has-been-Making-Eyes-At) pauses in the middle of things to touch the pin-up boobies for luck I laughed so hard I almost peed my pants.
So yeah- Die Hard was great, I get it now and I would gladly watch it every Christmas. But also anybody who loves this movie doesn't get to give Twilight fans any shit whatsoever about their taste in entertainment.