Die Hard (1988) – Ace Mini-Review + How Ace Is Alan Rickman?

Die Hard
Starring: Bruce Willis, Alan Rickman, Bonnie Bedelia
Written by: Jeb Stuart, Steven E. de Souza
Directed by: John McTiernan
U.S.A., 1988

How good is this movie?

You want a fun dumb action movie? You got it – one that benefits from a hero who is at least occasionally vulnerable, a story that’s reasonably engaging, and a villain who is intimidating without being over the top. A lot of the action scenes are implausible, the decisions made are perplexing, and the supporting characters are laughably incompetent, but if you don’t impose too much common sense on it, it all works rather well.

How ace is this movie?

The hero is partly motivated by his desire to protect his wife, but, apart from that, romance doesn’t play a big role in the story, and there’s no sex to speak of.

How ace is Alan Rickman?

For an explanation of this segment, see this post.

Character: Hans Gruber (West German terrorist, criminal mastermind, and exceptional thief)

Hans’s apparent indifference to women stands in notable contrast to John’s evident heterosexuality. However, that could be because he’s too focused on his evil plan to worry about anything else. The most you can say is that, unlike some villains, he never sexually harasses or threatens his female hostages. I’m going to chalk that up to good manners rather than asexuality, though: you don’t need to be asexual not to be a sleaze. Indeed, with his preference for male company and enthusiasm for men’s fashion, Hans could even be read as coded gay.

What if he is?

Hans is certainly not lacking in interests, even if sex isn’t one of them. Given his complete focus on pulling off his heist, though, his sexuality doesn’t really affect the story one way or the other.

3.5 Stars; 3 Aces

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