Have more potent words ever been spoken? This reviewer and avid fans of the Die Hard film franchise would argue no, no they haven’t. On Sunday afternoon as a part of the You Are Here festival, a bevy of John McClane enthusiasts were treated to a screening of the greatest Christmas film ever made: Die Hard 2 – Die Harder.
At Fletcher Jones spread out amidst the milk crates and eclectic furniture familiar to most share houses and hard rubbish days, fans of all ages bonded for a brief two hours over our mutual love and adoration for that loose cannon of a cowboy from LA.
And yes, I know that the Alliance Francaise film festival is on at the moment, and the Palace Electric Cinema opened recently. But not every film has to be intellectually stimulating. Nor does each performance need to be Oscar-worthy. I’m sure that most people would agree that the atmosphere in which one watches a film can add or detract from a film significantly. And what could be more atmospheric than a room filled with die-hard Die Hard fans? (I know, I know it’s a terrible pun but I couldn’t resist, would you be able to if you were writing this review?)
A room full of people quoting tacky one-liners together in unison is a beautiful thing. Group chuckling as Bruce Willis refers to fax machines as “modern technology” provides one with a warm sense of belonging. And that couple actually re-enacting death scenes to each other was almost as entertaining as the film itself. McClane refers to himself in the third person and when he says “I can’t f***ing believe this, not another basement, not another elevator” everyone looks at each other knowingly. Joint sniggering at the stereotypical villains and their terrible accents makes each individual in the room feel like family (even with that awkward guy in the corner making pistols with his fingers and shooting at the bad guys during the action scenes). As a battered and bloodied McClane pulls out his lighter at the end of the film, we all know what is going to happen. Not a soul in that room hadn’t seen the film at least a half-dozen times. And yet you wouldn’t know it to hear the impassioned hooting, hollering and thunderous applause that followed that final “motherf***er!”.
The You Are Here festival will be screening another 90s classic: Con-Air, Wednsesday 20 March at 9.30-11pm at Fletcher Jones, with more audience participation.
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