Friday, October 14, 2011
I am a child of the 80's and loved the original Footloose with Kevin Bacon. The movie and its soundtrack brings back good memories so when I found out there was going to be a remake I kinda threw up in my mouth. This movie did not need to be remade in my opinion. Is Hollywood so lacking in ideas that they had to go back a couple of decades and resurrect an oldie but goody?
Well I saw the remake today and was thoroughly entertained. First of all I applaud the producers and director for making the cast more colorful which was not the case with the original. A dance movie with no people of color is like a BLT without the bacon: it just doesn't make sense. The two leads Julianne Hough and Kenny Wormald are both great dancers and decent actors but Miles Teller who played the dancing deficient Willard stole every scene he was in.
The movie had great choreography, two of the best scenes being the country western bar and the high school hangout. And yes it does stick to the original script with a few changes, but the changes are not too distracting. The back story of the dancing ban is given more meat and there is more of an adult presence this time around.
I had a great time and here's hoping the Dirty Dancing reboot lives up to or surpasses the enjoyment I received from Footloose.