John McClane takes the same journey, starting out as a loner cop separated from his wife and kids. But then, a couple of hours and several firefights later, he develops a new appreciation for love, family, proper footwear and (we assume) the necessity of always packing your service weapon, even when off duty. He reaches the same place that Bailey did, only—and this is the important part—with about 90% less schmaltz and 110% more stunts, gunplay, and wisecracking.
In other words, Die Hard isn’t boring.
No wonder the film’s still selling out movie theaters almost 30 years after its original release.
If you can’t make any of those Indy big-screen dates, don’t despair. Just Netflix and chill. And if you screen Die Hard at home for your friends, there’s plenty of ways to make it even more fun. Turn it into a drinking game: every time you spot a Christmas tree in the background of a scene, do a shot. You could even gin up your own trivia quiz. For instance, who turned down the movie’s leading role before it was finally given to Willis? The answer is pretty much everybody, including Frank Sinatra, Richard Gere, Burt Reynolds and Robert De Niro. Extra points: The role of uber terrorist Hans Gruber was turned down by Sam Neill.