The cheesy dance movie filled with skin-tight jeans, cowboy boots and hidden sex jokes that made actor Kevin Bacon (“Hollow Man”, “X-Men: First Class”) famous in 1984 has returned to the big screen.
“Footloose,” directed by Craig Brewer (“Hustle & Flow”) and starring Kenny Wormald as Ren MacCormack, is very, very similar to the original. If you’re a fan of the original, you will enjoy this movie. But if you are anal for detail and would prefer if the remake was exactly that, than you may be disappointed to see that nothing in the story line changed much.
The story follows Ren MacCormack, a city boy who moves to a small town where rock ‘n’ roll and dancing have been banned. His rebellious spirit soon shakes up the place. He then falls for Julianne Hough’s character Ariel who happens to be the daughter of the Reverend Shad Moore, played by Dennis Quaid.
A small change to the plot the ban on music and dance. In the 1984 version, there was no reason for the ban other than society was uptight about Christianity. Some people believed music and dance resulted in heated amounts of sin. In the remake, a tragic car accident kills five teens returning from a party, and Rev. Moore creates the ordinance that forbids loud music and dancing.
Also, the controversial jokes and the satiric images of Christianity are not as strong as they were in the original. This version of “Footloose” seemed more toned down yet it still had little hints here and there that our generation could relate to. It took awhile to used to the “new” Ren character because he wasn’t as entertaining to watch as Bacon was in the original. The reverend’s character is even a bit turned down as far as his ignorant remarks about young people, music and dance.
The dancing is visually interesting to watch, and it relates to how we dance now with body-to-body grinding. Overall, it was entertaining. The fact that the movie was directed by the same director who created “Hustle and Flow” also was interesting because this was a huge difference in subject matter. I would have never expected the director to want to do such a classic movie.
But again, if you saw the original you may become a little disappointed in how the movie was remade because it’s very close in detail to the original. The only difference mainly is the remake is more vibrant, it’s in HD and the characters have sexier bodies.
There is nothing for this generation to be attached to with the remake. “Footloose” is a classic movie like “Grease.” Some movies you just can’t redo and get the same energy as in the original.
– Sharmon Jarmon, Staff Writer