Why John McClane Is Gone and He's Never Coming Back

Feb 13, 2013 Comments
No More Drinking

In Die Hard, McClane is physically hindered by his bare feet. In Die Hard with a Vengeance, his fragile physicality is summed up by the fact that he spends the film with a raging hangover. In fact, he seems to be on the verge of losing his whole career to alcoholism. For a movie with no family interactions to speak of, his stance as a drunk helped humanize McClane by illustrating his faults as a fella without actually spending any narrative time on his faults as a fella. Now he's drink-free and boring.

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