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Footloose the Remake| Leisure by Matt W
With all the drama and flare you could hope for
Footloose (2011) is a remake of the 1984 music/ comedy/ drama of the same name, about a small town where dancing has been banned and the arrival of a teenager who shakes up all the rules.
Starring Kenny Wormald and Julianne Hough (both professional dancers) as Ren MacCormack and Ariel Moore, this remake, despite being rather cheesy, has all the flare and drama you could hope for with its seemingly weak plot.
The film is set in a small American town where teenagers have been banned legally from dancing as a result of a car accident in which several teenagers died. Despite the prohibition our hero Ren MacCormack breaks all the rules and busts a move on the dancefloor – upsetting not only the town reverend – whose daughter Ren will naturally try to woo – but most of the townspeople too.
Craig Brewer directed this film and kept most of the plot the same as the original’s, but managed to make this version stand out with top-class dance scenes, good chemistry between the lead actors and a mix up of new and old music.
The story does not have the potential to be a deep, meaningful movie, but knowing that coming in to it you won’t be disappointed. There are good acting performances and the cheesy plot is at times even believable.
I’d recommend this film for anyone looking for a good ol’ trip down memory lane – or if you haven’t seen the original you’re sure to love this one.
Directed by: Craig Brewer
Starring: Kenny Wormald, Julianne Hough, Dennis Quaid, Andie MacDowell
Rating: 4 out of 5