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.
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 .
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.
Excerpt: The Film A year after Flashdance created a music and fashion movement, Paramount decided to see if lightning would strike twice. They released Footloose , sort of a male version of Flashdance .
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...
Conclusion: Footloose is a surprisingly superb remake that hits all the right notes, though in this case that should be taken figuratively rather than literally. The new version of the famed Kenny Loggins song largely crashes and burns, but most of the other updates in Footloose equal or, in many cases, better...
Excerpt: For many people, myself namely included, “Footloose” holds a place as one of the defining movies of the 80’s. Sure, my generation may end in “X” and I hear there’s even a “Y” out there now, thus denoting the inevitable aging process; but I digress.
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.
Conclusion: I'm glad to have finally seen Footloose , crossing one more item off my list of must-see 1980s cultural sensations. I'm also glad to find that the film is plenty of fun even without personal nostalgia and quite a bit better than its modest reputation indicates.