Excerpt: Anyone who reads this site with any regularity knows that I’m not really a big fan of re-makes. Unfortunately Hollywood doesn’t feel the same way as they seem to be a never-ending source of “new” material. As I’ve stated so many times in the past, if they’re done right – no problem. This is the case with Ocean’s Eleven , a much more enjoyable endeavor than the Sinatra version.
Summary: The modern updates seem to only be in a few songs, and Ariel dances a touch bit sluttier than her 1984 incarnation…that’s about it. This film is very close, and mostly redundant. It’ll find new fans and not break a single inch of new ground.
Conclusion: In my opening I said that movie makers should stop re-imagining movies and it made me laugh that one of the special features was titled re-imagining footloose. The 2011 Footloose was a decent movie but I think I would have been just as happy to pop in the 1984 Footloose . I have to admit that this version offers a very sharp looking Blu-ray and impressive audio and video quality.
Excerpt: Another day, another remake. If one were to conduct a poll of '80s movies worthy of the remake treatment, few would opt for Herb Ross' Footloose . Then again, seeing as just about everything else has already been remade or "rebooted," Hollywood is left with the final few scrapings from the barrel. Following the death of his mother, Ren (Kenny Wormald, Center Stage: Turn it Up ) relocates from Boston to the town of Bomont, Georgia, to live with his aunt and uncle.
Conclusion: Craig Brewer reimagines a 1980s favorite for a new generation, and surprisingly, it works for the most part, despite it still retaining some the story's more mawkish attributes. This 'Footloose' is a rowdy teen drama about freedom of expression and confronting the tragedies which sometimes lead to rash, unjustified decisions. Ignoring a few of its weaker aspects, the remake comes with lots of energy and a spirited vibe that's addictive, making it a fun watch.
Excerpt: There comes a point in every musical or dance film in which the viewer must decide whether or not to just go with it. He or she must choose to jump to the left and step to the right, or turn a nose up at the whole thing. There’s really no in-between. Footloose is a ridiculous movie. At times, it’s even absurd.
Excerpt: Of the many questions prompted by Craig Brewer's new remake of Footloose , here's the most intriguing: at the beginning of the film, in the opening credit sequence, everyone dances and grins and sings along to the Kenny Loggins title song from the original 1984 film . Clearly, in both our world and the world of this film, it is a beloved piece of pop culture arcana.
Summary: The original Footloose was a fun film, not a great film. It became a classic as the sum of its parts: the cheesy music, the dancing, the story – and Kevin Bacon. Craig Brewer’s new version suffers from the same melodrama and silliness as its predecessor – wait until you see how Ren gets to the famous warehouse dance scene – but you can forgive its flaws because it still has those ingredients intact.