Die Hard 3 is a much better movie than Die Hard 2, but…and I don’t know if this’ll make sense…it doesn’t feel like a Die Hard movie. It feels like it should be 48 Hours or Beverly Hills Cop or something.
A “Die Hard” movie should have a very limited area: a building. an airport. Not all of New York City. I could easily see Eddie Murphy in place of Samuel L. Jackson–he wouldn’t have been as good an actor or nearly as pissed off as Zeus was*, but he could still have brought his own take to it. And frankly, Nick Nolte would have been better than Bruce Willis. Bruce “I’m always smirking” Willis was really showing up here and I kept wanting to smack him.
There was a Beverly Hills Cop (I think) film where the action was all set in an amusement park. THAT would have made a good Die Hard movie.
All that said, I did enjoy the hell out of Die Hard 3 and once again, Samuel L Jackson shows everyone else that he can act better than they can.
I’m also glad that they didn’t do a 3 minute super-forced cameo of Reginald Van(?) Johnson–the guy’s great, use him. Or don’t. But a cameo like in DH2 is just stupid and insulting.
As an aside, I don’t like that they made Holly into such a crazed bitch. She’d been the (slightly) more sensible of the two of them.
Anyway, this is the last of the Die Hards that I acknowledge. Any alleged movies that came after DH3 are about as real as Highlander II or the Star Trek movie that people think Shatner directed (but they’re wrong because it didn’t happen)