Footloose Movie Review by Avril Troope
Directed by Craig Brewer, Footloose is a remake based on the 1984 film. The plot centers on five teenagers from Bomont, Utah who died in a recent car accident. In order to protect teenagers, the town council placed a ban on dancing, drinking, and loud music. These regulations are soon challenged by a Ren MacCormick, played by Kenny Wormald, who is a former gymnast, recently moved to the town from Boston, Massachusetts to live with his aunt and uncle after the death of his mother. As the story unfolds, a love connection develops between the preacher’s daughter, played by Dancing with Stars alum Julianne Hough, and MacCormick.
Initially, I had no interest in seeing the movie due to previous experiences with past remakes, which disappointed me. After seeing trailer after trailer on television my interest in seeing the film began to grow. Shockingly this movie is just like the original. I would rate this film a 4 out of 5 stars since there were no major changes and additions. This film is simply as enjoyable as the original the film, but offers a modern twist with today’s slang, phrases and choreography that allows today’s generation to identify with the situations compared to the original film. Not only does the remake incorporate modern styles, but it also includes scenes from the old film.
Compared to my experience, my friend who also saw the film had never seen the original also enjoyed it. She thought the characters were humorous and the choreography was fantastic. She also enjoyed the flirtatious development between Ren MacCormick and the preacher’s daughter. Overall, she rated the movie a 5 out of 5 stars. As a mature young adult, I would recommend this movie for teenagers, but not for children since it is rated PG-13. The reason for this rating is that the language is not age-appropriate for children under the age of 13, and there are sexual references in dialogue and within the dancing as well.
Trailer available from You Tube as follows: