Since the dawn of time (well, since 1988 at least), one question has plagued mankind more than any other.
It’s more divisive than Brexit, it’s more controversial than the last US election. Put simply, it’s the big one, the one where everyone will come down on one side or the other, and stick to their guns forever.
That’s right, it’s the question of whether or not Die Hard is a Christmas movie.
The case for it being counted is fairly self-explanatory.
It is set on Christmas Eve.
It’s regularly shown on TV around Christmas time.
It includes the line “Now I have a machine gun, ho-ho-ho”.
However, it’s clear that the British public disagree, and – like with Brexit – there’s a generational split.
According to a new poll from YouGov, some 52% of Brits don’t consider it a Christmas film, while 30% believe it is, and the remaining 18% don’t know.
However, as far as 25-34-year-olds are concerned, it does count. Some 44% of people polled in that age group argued Die Hard absolutely is a Christmas film, compared to 37% voting the opposite way.
Perhaps it’s down to many of those in that demographic being children when Die Hard first came out, and having a different perspective on the Bruce Willis action movie.
It’s good to reach a consensus. Surely that will be the end of all the debate about Die Hard’s status as a Christmas film.
ordinary brain: die hard is the best christmas film— dr cheeks (@ghosterson) November 27, 2017
big brain: die hard isn’t a christmas film but merely a film set at christmas
bigger brain: die hard is in fact a christmas film
galactic brain: iron man 3 is a better christmas film
ME: hi— Carl Kinsella (@TVsCarlKinsella) November 26, 2017
MAN: die hard IS a fucking christmas film, okay?
you, an idiot: die hard is just set at Christmas it isn’t a Christmas film— Mollie Goodfellow (@hansmollman) November 26, 2017
me, an intellectual: um saving private Ryan is just set at War it isn’t a War film
"What's that smell in the air?"— George Osborn (@GeorgeOsborn) November 13, 2017
"I think it's the scent of someone about to make the argument that Die Hard is the best Christmas film."
Glad we could all come to an agreement.
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