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New Footloose Remake Is Better Than The Original

New Footloose Remake Is Better Than The Original
 

It’s no secret that the critics, and the general public, seem to hate remakes. What usually happens is a director picks a well-loved and well-known film of the past and decides that one version of it just isn’t enough and goes ahead and ruins it with modern gimmicks. Though I have to say, as far as remakes go, Footloose (2011) it definitely one of the better ones.

 

The storyline is essentially the same as that of the 1984 original. The film begins with a fatal car crash after a night of dancing and so the father of the driver, Shaw Moore (Dennis Quaid), persuades the city council of Bomont to enforce a ban  on all unsupervised dancing for teenagers under the age of eighteen. Three years later, Ren McCormack moves from Boston to Bomont to live with his aunt and uncle after his mother’s death. Ren is immediately attracted to Shaw Moore’s rebellious teenage daughter, Ariel; however, she’s already dating someone and her father doesn’t trust him. As soon as Ren learns about the dancing ban, he makes plans to do away with it so that the senior class can have a real prom and the rest of the story goes from there.

The beginning of the film left me feeling slightly confused as to what time period this movie was set in and I was skeptical about the rest of the film. Everything about it, the cars, the clothes, everything suggested that this was set in 80s, but then, BAM, Ren pulls out his iPod classic. Confusing much? I don’t actually know how things roll down in the state of Georgia so I can’t really say whether or not this is an accurate representation of modern day Georgia, but I would’ve thought that they could’ve included more than a simple iPod to suggest the year this was set in.

Once I’d gotten over this initial confusion, I started to really love this film. The chemistry between Ariel and Ren (played by Hough and Wormald respectively), is undoubtedly one of the key factors to this film’s success. Initially, Zac Efron was pegged for the role of Ren McCormack (Chace Crawford and Thomas Dekker were also asked to portray Ren) and after much deliberation, it was revealed that Wormald had secured the role. Taking on these two young actors turned out to be a great decision for the film as this couple is at the very centre of the story and their dancing energy is infectious. Ariel’s parents, Shaw and Vi Moore, are portrayed by Dennis Quaid and Andie MacDowell, two extremely well known actors, who make up a great supporting cast.

 

Personally, I think the dancing scenes in the remake were much more visually attractive than those in the original, though I suppose this was to be expected. They were a lot livelier, there was a lot more colour and they were just lot more exciting. The quality of the dancing was truly excellent and you could tell that there was such precision in each and every move. The soundtrack that accompanied these scenes was also very catchy and made you want to jump up and dance. There was a lot less emphasis on Ren’s gymnastic background in the new film; however, they more than made up for this with the better dance scenes.

Apart from the confusing beginning, Footloose is a really great film. I was actually quite surprised by this as the two main characters are played by lesser known actors: Julianne Hough and Kenny Wormald.  However, the passion for dancing really comes across from both the actors and the dancers and this lights up the film. This story is about trying to convince the town that dancing is actually great for the soul and it certainly convinced me of that, which is probably why the general consensus is that the new Footloose is better than the original. Clearly the combination of snazzier dance skills and livelier music were the keys to this film’s success. This film will leave your toes tapping, itching to dance, so if you’re in the mood for something fun and energetic – Footloose is the film for you.

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28 Comments

  1. Cindy
    4th December 2011 / 12:55 PM

    I reaaaally want to watch this! Haven't seen the original though, which one do you think is better?

  2. Señorita
    4th December 2011 / 3:18 PM

    I'm kind of afraid to watch this because I am not a fan of remakes… I'm all about the originals..

  3. laurahartleyy
    4th December 2011 / 3:34 PM

    Hmm.. tough question Cindy. Personally, I think I prefer the remake because they've managed to retain the essence of the original Footloose, but added to it with better dance moves and music. I also think that the cast in the remake look a lot closer to the ages of their characters than the actors in the original do, which helped to make it a bit more realistic. Unless if you're a big fan of old school classics, I'd definitely recommend the remake 🙂

    Senorita don't be afraid of this one! Even the critics are praising this remake!

  4. CrazyCris
    4th December 2011 / 6:43 PM

    I REALLY didn't want to see this one… I'm a remake-phobic. But you make me want to give it a chance!

  5. Rhian Westbury
    4th March 2016 / 12:18 PM

    I’ve not seen either the original or the remake, maybe one day I’ll get round to it x

  6. Hungry_Healthy_Happy
    4th March 2016 / 12:22 PM

    I didn’t even know there was a remake! I am going to have to see it, as I LOVE the original.

  7. 4th March 2016 / 3:03 PM

    man, they remake everything! Didn’t this remake flop though?

  8. PrettyLusciousThings
    4th March 2016 / 6:13 PM

    I didn’t enjoy the remake but I have to admire Hollywood’s lack of original thought!

  9. Ickle Pickle
    4th March 2016 / 8:19 PM

    I loved this the first time round (before Kevin Bacon was doing dodgy adverts!) and this does look fantastic! Great review. Kaz x

  10. 5th March 2016 / 1:48 AM

    I have to admit I didn’t really get into the original – I’ll probably give the remake a try, but I’m not sure how it will go down with me. x

  11. Leanne Dolan
    5th March 2016 / 6:47 AM

    I love the original but I haven’t really looked at the remake. Not sure if I want to watch it or not!

  12. Jessica
    5th March 2016 / 6:50 AM

    I need to see this film. Will remind me on my secret passion on dancing. 😀

  13. charlibruce
    5th March 2016 / 9:21 AM

    I love the original but I actually love the remake too and watch it far more than the original, its also one of my daughters favourite movies! xx

  14. 5th March 2016 / 10:07 AM

    It sounds like an interesting movie. A movie that makes me want to dance is a winner. 🙂

  15. Tori Gabriel
    5th March 2016 / 11:20 AM

    I very never seen the original movie so this wouldn’t be a disappointment to me as I’ll be seeing it without any bias. I do wonder why they feel the need to remake everything. Can no one in Hollywood dream up an original screenplay that could become a classic in it’s own right?
    c

  16. 5th March 2016 / 3:01 PM

    oh yes I loved the original so I so need to see this

  17. Angela Milnes
    5th March 2016 / 4:17 PM

    Oh this sounds interesting and Id look forward to watching this! thanks for sharing. We are a fan of dance style movies!

  18. Mandi
    5th March 2016 / 9:12 PM

    My teenage children love both of them, (I liked them both, but I still prefer the original)and we also saw the stage show last week, which was just as good, if it stops in a place near you I would definitely recommend going to see it x

  19. 5th March 2016 / 10:56 PM

    Too bad for the confused beginning. Hope it doesn’t put many off. Great review.

  20. 6th March 2016 / 2:23 PM

    This sounds like the perfect film for a rainy weekend – both the old and the new to compare and enjoy!

  21. Natasha Mairs
    6th March 2016 / 5:55 PM

    I love footloose, never knew they were doing a remake. will have to watch it

  22. sarah Lea
    6th March 2016 / 6:51 PM

    I love footloose, this sounds like a great remake, I really wanna see it 😀

  23. Renna
    6th March 2016 / 7:43 PM

    I can’t wait to see this film. The original is one of my favourites… So, I’m glad you’ve given it a good review… Phew….

  24. 6th March 2016 / 7:44 PM

    I actually never realized that they were remaking Footloose but as someone who loves dance films I will be game to watch the remake!

  25. 7th March 2016 / 11:32 AM

    I had no idea they were remaking this film – I’m always a little sceptical when they remake classic 80s films, but it sound like they’ve done a decent job here

  26. 8th March 2016 / 8:56 AM

    I’m ashamed to say that I’ve never even seen the original. I do love dancing films though so will have to make an effort to see them both.

  27. Deanna
    12th March 2016 / 3:57 PM

    Hahaha as a regular resident of Georgia (I spend a lot of my year there) I can say that this confused me too!! I was so confused when I first saw this movie. But Yes! It is pretty good! I love dance movies and this one. Great review! You really captured what is unique about this remake, which is hard to do!

  28. BuildYourOwnEmpire
    23rd April 2016 / 8:14 AM

    Most people are going to hate me for this, but I’ve never seen any of those. But, I agree, people seem to really hate remakes

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