“The Long Kiss Goodnight” is more than a holiday action movie

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Prior to The long kiss Good night, director Renny Harlin designed the multi-million dollar pirate epic Cut-throat Island, which starred his then-wife Geena Davis and Matthew Modine. And although it has become a cult following in the years since its release, the response it received from critics and the public in 1995 was downright brutal. So when Cut-throat Island failed to make a dent at the box office, Harlin and Davis decided to go with something entirely different: a shameless R-rated action flick set around Christmas (which also didn’t more fired at the box office, winning the consolation prize of a cult following… but that’s not the point).

In the film, Davis plays Samantha Caine, a big-hearted schoolteacher who lives with her boyfriend, Hal (Tom Amandes), and her 8-year-old daughter, Caitlin (Yvonne Zima). She suffers from focal retrograde amnesia, which makes her unable to remember anything from her life until the past eight completely suburban years. When she has a horrific car accident, however, it unlocks all of those lost memories, slowly transforming her into the person she once was; something that saves her life when an armed hitman arrives at her door with the firm intention of killing her.

From there, Samantha and Mitch Hennessey (Samuel L. Jackson), a private investigator she hired to unravel the mystery, set out on a journey to delve deeper into the riddle of who she was, and the answer is instead Creepy: Charly Baltimore, a highly skilled assassin who worked for a black-ops division of the CIA, who is now being hunted down by his former employers, and a terrorist for hire named Timothy (Craig Bierko). Timothy will stop at nothing to prevent Charly and Mitch from uncovering a planned terrorist attack with many casualties, balancing the need with his past relationship with Baltimore.

So to recap we have Geena Davis kicking huge amounts of ass, Sam Jackson again freshly rewarded for her performance in pulp Fiction, and a storyline with tons of action and intrigue. Oh, and Harlin’s real adrenaline rush as a big budget action movie director like Die hard 2 and Suspense associated with a script of Deadly weapon (and then, Kiss Kiss Bang Bang) writer Shane Black. Add the twinkle of Christmas lights and cool snowfall and The long kiss Good night was perfectly designed as a holiday treat for fans looking for something less sweet, family-friendly, and moralizing than favorites like It’s a wonderful life, Vacations, Where A Charlie Brown Christmas. But it’s not just about punches and explosions.

Much like dramas, which tackle crucial social issues while making audiences laugh so that the drama is easier to watch and absorb, the Christmas-themed action movies of the ’80s and’ 90s accomplish a similar goal. The long kiss Good night, basically, tells that Charly learns to love her daughter and embrace their life together, instead of focusing on the anger and regret she feels at having lost eight years of her life and her independence. Die hard talks about John McClane realizing he hasn’t given his wife the support she needs and deserves, and wants nothing more than to survive his encounter with these terrorists (or as Hans Gruber prefers to describe them , exceptional thieves), then he can tell her he’s sorry. Deadly weapon shows us Riggs learning to bond and care for Murtaugh and his family, and learning that suicide is not the answer to his grief. Same Batman Returns Bruce Wayne, Selina Kyle, and Oswald Cobblepot create their own distinct characters like Batman, Catwoman, and The Penguin, which is a blessing to help them embrace who they really are, but it’s a curse with the way these characters keep them from doing it. to create the lives for themselves that they need and want.

These movies base the spectacle of their action and endless banter into something that isn’t hard to tie to the holidays. Namely, they allow us to learn the importance of family (both biological and found), kindness to others, and kindness to ourselves while enjoying a beautifully choreographed action sequence. in which Batman fights the Red Triangle Circus Gang, or John McClane leaping from the roof of Nakatomi Plaza to avoid being blown up. Or Charly Baltimore confronting a knife-wielding Timothy and teasing him about the size of his cock while doing so. So expand the argument as to whether these movies just work as “alt” holiday options and remove the asterisk, as they can bring just as much comfort and joy as eggnog, ugly Christmas sweaters and sweaters. fully vaccinated kisses under the mistletoe.

“The Long Kiss Goodnight” is now streaming on Tubi.

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