So, as promised, we watched A Good Day to Die Hard. And this put the final nail in the coffin for Rotten Tomatoes as any sensible source for movie selection. This is a bad movie, to be sure. But it doesn't come close to the absolute retardedness of The Last Stand.
Just to recap, A Good Day to Die Hard got a 15% on Rotten Tomatoes while The Last Stand got an unbelievable 59%!!! This isn't Rotten Tomatoes fault, I know. It merely aggregates the critics' reviews to give a quick reference on what the general consensus is on a movie. So the vast majority of critics seemed to be horribly offended that this latest installment in the Die Hard franchise strayed too far from the core principles of the first film. While giving an overall positive endorsement to the worst thing I've ever seen Arnold Schwarzenegger in because, I guess, they missed him so much?
It doesn't make any sense. But it's clear I can't use Rotten Tomatoes anymore.
As for Die Hard V, it had good pacing, some great car stunts, and it didn't spend a lot of time hammering on the emotional development of John McClane or his son. It's true there's very little that ties this movie back to the world of Die Hards I, II, and III, but it's sure as hell more grounded in reality than Die Hard IV.
It's stupid, dumb, enjoyable action. And it's exactly the kind of movie we should have watched two nights ago.