Director : Craig Brewer
Starring : Kenny Wormald, Julianne Hough, Dennis Quaid, Miles Teller
Running Time : 108 minutes
DVD Release Date : 9 February 2012
“There comes a time to cut loose”
Okay, I need to start by saying I am not a big fan of studios remaking MY beloved 80’s movies…especially the feel-good dancing ones. So when my editor asked me to review this movie, I did actually think about it before saying yes. She trusted me so this would be a good test of my ability to be objective in reviews. Right?
The day before the DVD arrived, the original Footloose was showing on Foxtel so I took it as a sign and watched it. Yep still as cheesy and as 80’s and as fantastic as ever! Oh dear….
For those who don’t know, Footloose is the story of a small town that has outlawed dancing after the death of 5 teenagers in a car accident. Ren (Wormald) a young rebel from Boston arrives to live with relatives after the death of his mother. He is immediately drawn to Ariel (Hough) the local preacher’s daughter, who is herself rebelling against her father and the town’s ultra-controlling ways. He decides to take a stand against the city elders and, with the support of his family and the local kids, goes about getting his graduating class a prom to remember. Dancing included!
The movie begins with a bunch of teenagers jumping and dancing and singing their hearts out to the original Kenny Loggins version of ‘Footloose’. As they should! It’s a GREAT song that has stood the test of time. My inner 80’s child sneered but I smiled just a little. Then an homage to the dancing feet opening credits of the original movie began and I smiled a little more.
You can read the rest of my review at Beauty and Lace http://entertainment.beautyandlace.net/dvd-review-footloose-m