Reviews: ‘A Good Day to Die Hard’ and ‘Beautiful Creatures’

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Hello readers! Hope everyone had a Happy Valentine’s Day. My “Weekend Movie Preview” column this week features reviews of the Bruce Willis action flick “A Good Day to Die Hard,” and the young-adult romance “Beautiful Creatures.”

Click here to read my thoughts on both movies.

Evan Crean

Hello! My name is Evan Crean. By day I work for a marketing agency, but by night, I’m a film critic based in Boston, MA who has been at it since 2009. I have written hundreds of movie reviews and celebrity interviews for I have also contributed pieces to In addition to publishing short form work, I am a co-author of the book Your ’80s Movie Guide to Better Living, which is available on CreateSpace and Amazon. On top of writing, I co-host and edit the weekly film podcast Spoilerpiece Theatre with two other Boston film critics. I’m a founding member and the current treasurer for the Boston Online Film Critics Association as well. Lastly, I’m the marketing director and a contributor to Boston Reel, a site dedicated to Boston’s independent film culture. Have any questions or comments about my work? Please feel free to email me (Evan Crean) at: ecrean AT reelrecon DOT COM .

5 thoughts on “Reviews: ‘A Good Day to Die Hard’ and ‘Beautiful Creatures’

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  • February 25, 2013 at 6:04 am

    I’ve heard too many bad things about the new Die Hard movie that I’ll wait for it to arrive on home video.

    I’m getting the feeling that aging actors going back to their most famous characters doesn’t work. You mentioned Indiana Jones in your review – the new Die Hard makes me think of Crystal Skull. I love McClane and Bruce Willis in the role, just as I love Harrison Ford as Indiana Jones but it doesn’t work when they try to do the sames things they were doing 30 years ago.

    More believable would have been a less explosion-heavy, action orientated film where a older McClane has to use the guile and intelligence he showed in the original film to stay alive and beat the bad guys. Clint Eastwood has shown how an older actor can play the conventional “cop” (or investigative) role – I suppose you couldn’t make a Die Hard movie more of a slow-burning suspense thriller because it doesn’t fit with the franchise but that would have been far more enjoyable (and believable) in my opinion.

    • February 25, 2013 at 5:00 pm

      Thanks for reading Dan. Your best bet is to steer clear of this Die Hard at least until you can rent it. The older actors get the more difficult it gets for them to reprise action-heavy roles they played in their younger years. It’s just not believable and it’s also not interesting. Just more of the same stuff we’ve already seen them do. Crystal Skull is an apt comparison because as you might know I’m an enormous Indiana Jones fan, but I despised that film for being equally unbelievable. Speaking of Harrison Ford, I’m nervous about him coming back as Han Solo for Star Wars Episode VII since that was recently confirmed. That also has the potential to play out terribly.

      I would agree that something with more guile and intelligence would have been better suited to this Die Hard. Suspense might not have been exactly like the previous films in the franchise, although I think it would have been a welcome change of pace provided that the dialogue was witty and that the villain was strong. Those are really the two most critical elements needed for a Die Hard film. They were noticeably absent from this one, and you feel the pain watching it as a result.

  • February 26, 2013 at 10:17 pm

    This just sounds depressing. I mean even in paper Die Hard 5 sounds kind of like a cash grab. It could’ve been good I suppose. Despite (or because of?) my love for the first film, I doubt I will ever see this. I enjoyed your nicely written review however.

  • February 27, 2013 at 12:07 am

    If you truly love the first film Mark, that sounds like a fantastic idea. Thanks for reading and glad that you enjoyed my review!

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