Friday, October 14, 2011

Movie review: Footloose

I was talking with a friend last week and mentioned that I had been to a recent screening of the 2011 version of the movie Footloose.  I also mentioned that I hadn't seen the original version from 1984, because I was a bit too young when it came out, and just never got around to seeing it when I got older.  My friend is about the same age as I am and said that the same was true for her as well.  So, to all of the other people out there who never saw this classic movie- now is your time to catch up! In case you're totally new to the Footloose story, here's the scoop:
Ren MacCormack (played by newcomer Kenny Wormald) is transplanted from Boston to the small southern town of Bomont where he experiences a heavy dose of culture shock. A few years prior, the community was rocked by a tragic accident that killed five teenagers after a night out and Bomont’s local councilmen and the beloved Reverend Shaw Moore (Dennis Quaid) responded by implementing ordinances that prohibit loud music and dancing.   Not one to bow to the status quo, Ren challenges the ban, revitalizing the town and falling in love with the minister’s troubled daughter Ariel (Julianne Hough) in the process..
Again, having not seen the original Footloose, my opinions of this movie are based simply on its merits, not on how it compares to the original. That being said, based on comments of the friend that I went to the movie with and the comments of other movie-goers, it was pretty much a carbon copy of the original movie.

Personally, I thought Footloose was a good movie. Probably not award-winning, but enjoyable. The dancing is phenomenal, there are lots of funny moments (Ren's friend Willard steals the show in many places), the love story between Ren and Ariel is sweet, and the story moved along quickly.  I enjoyed the movie and will likely rent it to watch with my husband when it comes out on DVD. 

Disclosure: I received passes to attend this movie. I was not compensated in any other way and all opinions posted here are mine and mine alone.


Heather! said...

I actually just saw the original again last weekend. It was on in the middle of the night when I couldn't sleep, and I didn't intend to watch the whole thing...but I couldn't turn it off! I hadn't seen it in years, so I was surprised by how it was, and great at the same time! It can be weird to re-watch those movies from your adolescence that you thought were so great. As an adult you often find that they simply weren't. :) That said, I'm really interested in seeing the updated version of it!

P.S. Willard was probably the best thing about the original, too.

Heather! said...

Durrh...meant to say 'how BAD it was...and great at the same time'! Blame my tired fingers....