'Footloose' Review By K.Guy
Surprisingly, as good as the original.
Hustle & Flow director Craig Brewer takes the helm for this remake of the popular 1984 musical romance about a big-city teen who moves to a town that has outlawed dancing. Uprooted from Boston and reluctantly transplanted to the small Bible Belt town of Bomont, Ren MacCormack (Kenny Wormald) finds himself in a repressed community still reeling from a devastating loss. Shortly before he arrived in Bomont, five local teens perished in a tragic car accident following a local dance. As a result, the upstanding Reverend Shaw Moore (Dennis Quaid) and the local councilmen passed a strict ordinance outlawing both dancing and excessively loud music. Convinced that the new law is hopelessly misguided, rebellious Ren puts on his dancing shoes and wins the heart of Reverend Moore's distraught daughter, Ariel (Julianne Hough), while showing his fellow classmates that it's perfectly normal to blow off a little steam with some loud music and good friends. Jason Buchanan, Rovi
Classic tale of teen rebellion and repression features a delightful combination of dance choreography and realistic and touching performances. When teenager Ren and his family move from big-city Chicago to a small town in the West, he's in for a real case of culture shock. Though he tries hard to fit in, the streetwise Ren can't quite believe he's living in a place where rock music and dancing are illegal. There is one small pleasure, however: Ariel, a troubled but lovely blonde with a jealous boyfriend. and a Bible-thumping minister, who is responsible for keeping the town dance-free. Ren and his classmates want to do away with this ordinance, especially since the senior prom is around the corner, but only Ren has the courage to initiate a battle to abolish the outmoded ban and revitalize the spirit of the repressed townspeople. Fast-paced drama is filled with such now-famous hit songs as the title track and "Let's Hear It for the Boy."
I thought that the story line to this film had a better background than the classic, because they had a specific reason on why loud music was illegal there. The preacher lost his son in a car accident while listening to loud music in the vehicle three years ago. The fact of the crash given more power and a more dramatic background into the story of 'Footloose'. One sequence in the film was more entertaining an enjoyable than what the original had, and that would be the bus race. In the 1984 film, it was playing chicken with tractors. The bus race was a great change for a remake, so that would be another category beat down: entertainments. And now, one last thing that the remake had better than the original, was the script. In some arguments that both films have, the new version had better quotes and choice of words for it than the original. Now, I'll explain what the classic had better. First of all, they still could not beat my favorite scene in the original, which was Kevin Bacon's stressful dance in the warehouse. The choreography in the new film was really good at that scene, but somehow, I just didn't feel it. In the old film, I was just amazed by the guy's dancing. Bacon has some real talent in anything he does, he's a captain, he's an astronaut, he's an invisible pervert, a hero of Alaska, a darn good villain, and especially a perfect dancer! That dude is gifted. The original also has better performances in acting, but don't get me wrong, this film had good acting too, but the classic had better performances. And at last, the most memorable quote of the classic, 'Hey, hey! What's this I see? I thought this was a party. LET'S DANCE!' the classic had more passion to it. Hey I don't troll, I said it's an equal rating.
Kenny Wormald playing the role for Ren did a wonderful job doing the personality in his character. For some reason I wonder why they didn't put Shia in this film. He probably can't dance. Kenny here, can really dance his Sunday shoes off. And that goes to everybody else, the choreography/ dance sequences in this film (instead of the warehouse) was more epic than the classic. I'm a Mississippi boy, of course I know dancing, so don't judge me. Dennis Quaid... there's never any problem in Quaid, this guy always gives a great performance in most of his roles. Now, Julianne Hough... she was pretty good at some sequences, I find her as some sort of Miley Cyrus clone, seriously by the sound of her voice and her looks. Hough was pretty good at most of the scenes, but also a bit dull at a couple. She just needs to work on her tone for some argument bits (not the one with her father). I also find the new film to be still unnecessary. Seriously, it's a good remake, but don't go overdrive with this remaking stuff. Remaking 'Spider-Man' is bad enough. Don't lie.
And last info, yes, Victoria Justice and Hunter Hayes did an awesome duo with 'Almost Paradise'. So, both films received an equal rating and they were both very entertaining in their genre. So, I can't believe I'm saying this but, if you loved the classic... then you'll probably like this one, at least. To the ones that just liked the old film... it's gonna be an equal rating in your opinion, I guess. I'm the MovieWiz, thanks for reading.