#269/ 365 – ‘Footloose’ – 113 mins
Cinema Challenge #109 / 115
Down in the sleepy southern town of Bomont, things get all shook up with the arrival of Ren MacCormack (Kenny Wormald) from Boston. The town is still grieving for five teens who died tragically after a night out five years earlier. The local council and the Reverend Shaw Moore (Dennis Quaid) responded by imposing a strict ban on all public partying, dancing and loud music. But Ren isn’t going to take that lying down – and it’s not long before he’s orchestrated a teen rebellion. To complicate matters further, he also falls for the reverend’s daughter, Ariel (Julianne Hough).
So what’s new in Craig Brewer’s (‘Hustle & Flow’ ) remake of the 1984 lets dance cult classic which starred Kevin Bacon. Well not much really, with just a few slight changes here and there, the iPod has replaced the famous Walkman, meaning this is more a re-enactment than a remake.
Highlight of the film comes from the highly amusing “can’t dance, won’t dance” Willard and his memorable learning-to-dance montage to the fantastic tune of – ‘Let’s Hear It For The Boy’. Special praise should be paid to Miles Teller here a break-out star he shines here and darned near steals the whole movie.
I’ve screamed before and I’ll scream it again why do we need these remakes? As the whole ‘objective’ of a remake is it’s supposed to better the original, otherwise audiences should stick to the original every-time. Nevertheless this Footloose is an enjoyable toe-tapping (too which I frequently did), out-and-out cheese-fest but with a touch sincerity.