MoviePass and the Benefits of Seeing a Movie on the Big Screen: Or, How I Finally Came to Appreciate the Full Genius of Die Hard

A week or so before Christmas I did something I’d been meaning to do for a while and signed up for MoviePass. I downloaded the app, gave them my credit card number and later that day was able to go see my first movie, The Greatest Showman.

For those not familiar with the service, you pay $9.95 a month and can see a movie a day, no 3D or IMAX. I’d seen people complaining online about the wait to get the physical card needed to get into most theaters, but I also noticed my town is home to 2 of the 3 theater chains with e-ticket options on the app. It worked perfectly.

The movie choice even fit the service because it’s one I loved, but because of mediocre reviews is not one I would have seen on my won if I had to pay for it. Since signing up, I’ve seen 10 movies, which isn’t close to one a day, but more movies than I normally see in a two month period (also, a good chunk of these were over the Christmas break which seems ripe for movie watching).

The highlight of these movies was finally getting to see Die Hard on the big screen. I’ve always enjoyed this movie, and I fully realized what a ground-breaking achievement it was, but I also always seemed to prefer Die Hard 2 if given the choice between the two.

Part of it was my general nature, which likes to go against the grain, but also, only having seen the movie on the small screen in it’s chopped up version, I missed a lot of the nuance and brilliance of it. That was rectified on the big screen.

Being able to see this movie, from beginning to end, uninterrupted and distraction-free, the way it was intended to be seen, was epic. I saw character notes, and scene details, and heard lines that I’d never experienced before. I even noticed the hints of Christmas music scattered through the entirety of the score. It was just such a great experience that I’m glad I was able to have. It makes me wish I had this opportunity to view other classics I’ve traditionally dissed (Hello, Chinatown) on the big screen in a dark, quiet room.