Die Hard: the film that gifted us Bruce Willis as John “yipi-ki-yay” Mcclane and Alan Rickman as unforgettable villain Hans Gruber. A classic that comes around every year.
However, Twitter has been trying to get to the bottom of a huge question: is Die Hard a Christmas film?
Some have said it’s certainly NOT a festive movie, but merely set at Christmas time…
— Toby Earle (@TobyonTV) November 25, 2017
And they say Christmas doesn’t play an important role in the film’s message or plot…
The fundamental lesson of Die Hard is that shooting people is extremely liberating and I’m just not sure that’s a Christmas message. pic.twitter.com/I7xAXTH5Og
— Elvis Buñuelo (@Mr_Considerate) November 26, 2017
Some pointed out that if Die Hard was truly a Christmas film then people would only talk about it at Christmas. But, according to the Google search traffic over the past 10 years, this hasn’t happened…
I'm sorry for anything to be classified as a Christmas thing, it has to show a periodic December peak on @Google trends like Mariah Carey's all I want for Christmas is you. Die Hard is not a Christmas movie. Settled. pic.twitter.com/tFQ8vKKj1E
— Anupum Pant (@indigoanalysis) November 27, 2017
(The spikes in 2007 and 2013 came after the release of Live Free or Die Hard and A Good Day to Die Hard, respectively.)
However, others disagree VERY strongly…
If you don't believe that Die Hard is a Christmas movie, please unfollow me now and move on with your life. #yippeekiay
— Peter Shankman (@petershankman) November 25, 2017
Why? Well, they say it’s not only set around Christmas, but it also contains a festive message…
Die Hard is about Christmas – it’s a family redemption story about about personal suffering in the service of fellow man, in defiance of systemic avarice. It’s pure Dickens. But with machine guns
— Greg Jenner: 'DEAD FAMOUS OUT NOW!' (@greg_jenner) November 26, 2017
So, what’s your view? Do you think YippeeKiYay, Die Hard is not only a Christmas film, but the best one ever? Or YippeeKiNay, another movie deserves the title?