There are many people who’ll tell you that Die Hard is not a Christmas film. But that isn’t true. Look beyond the film’s festive setting and the upwards battle which is full of Yuletide tropes. A cry against consumerism and Bruce Willis, who, on and off-screen, always dressed like the maverick put his own spin on the ‘office do’ dress code as well.
Back in the halcyon days when he tied the knot to a young Demi Moore, the Die Hard star had a wardrobe considered sacrilege by tailoring purists: a tie, with denim, finished with suede. That thing of the late-Eighties helps to receive a full blessing on every Instagram feed whichever dedicated to archival Hollywood. Of which there are far too many posts. And all of which feature Willis yippee-ki-yaying his way through the red carpet as well.
And this thing wasn’t his only transgression. On a trip to the theatre, to watch Hurlyburly, Bruce Willis went as a full Bruce Willis code along with a matching cap. Although it sounds very odd, back in 1988, when dressing up meant dressing up with a suit. Robert Downey Jr. never went out his dad ties. Ben Affleck used to wear big billowy bouncer suits too.
But Bruce Willis was different. Like the John McClane who had no problem facing off against 13 radicalised German terrorists in a sweat-stained vest, he skirted the rules. That meant boiler suits, and sunglasses at night and sweats with the sleeves sheared off wasn’t really about as well.
Though we very much know that Willis reimagined what a good Christmas film could be (fewer snowmen, more bullets etc) and he did the same with his wardrobe too. So yes, Die Hard is so far the best Christmas film, in the same way, that well-ventilated workwear can be the best option for your Christmas shindig as well.