The ultimate Valentine’s Day film?
posted at 12:52 pm on February 15, 2013 by Ed Morrissey
My friend and fellow film buff John Hanlon argued yesterday that the perfect Valentine’s Day film is … Die Hard. For guys, anyway:
The 1988 original stars Bruce Willis as John McClane, a sarcastic New York cop visiting his estranged wife Holly (Bonnie Bedelia) and his two children in California. When he arrives at Holly’s office Christmas party, the tension in their relationship is immediately evident. Holly is using her maiden name again and John doesn’t even plan to stay with his family while he’s in town.
There’s no doubt that John loves his wife and wants to rekindle the romance, but he can’t seem to admit it. But while John proves incapable of communicating his feelings to his wife verbally, an opportunity arises allowing him to prove his devotion to her. …
The story’s subtext recognizes the stereotypical, but undeniable fact that many men aren’t romantic or open with their emotions. Despite what many rom-coms and dramas suggest, a lot of guys don’t picture themselves courting a woman by blasting a boombox outside a bedroom window, as is done in “Say Anything.” (In fact, that’s probably illegal in most states.) And forget “Titanic.” Guys don’t want to get the girl of their dreams by freezing in the ocean while keeping the one they love afloat on a piece of driftwood. (That plan doesn’t actually work long-term, either.)
Men often imagine winning a girl’s affection by proving their worth in a battle against someone or something that threatens their loved one’s life. While many women want the men in their lives to be sensitive like Ryan Gosling’s “Notebook” character Noah, guys aspire to be like the renegade John McClane in “Die Hard.”
Hey, sounds great to me, but … then again, I’m a guy. Somehow, I think this will be a tough sell as a date-night movie to the lady in your life, but feel free to try. If that doesn’t work out, take her to see Warm Bodies, which has a bit more emphasis on romance, even if that’s not really the point of the film.
On the other hand, my wife just told me that she’s up for seeing A Good Day to Die Hard with me tonight, which I’ll review on Sunday. Maybe John’s on to something here …