“Footloose” tells the story of a city boy who moves to a small town in the wake of his mother’s death.
The city has laws against loud obscene music and public dancing.
To fight this, he leads a petition against the ban on public dancing for their school to have a prom.
Like the original, they open the movie with cutting shots of dancing feet to Kenny Loggins’ version of “Footloose.”
Except in this version, all the kids know the words, like most of us do as an audience, but with a deadly twist at the end.
Unlike the original movie, this one is much richer when it comes to the dancing.
The lead actors actually know how to dance a lot more and everyone shows off their dance skills.
Just because the city outlawed dancing in public does not mean these kids don’t know how to bust a move.
These actors were a lot better than most actors that star in dance films.
Let’s not forget the awful plots and acting ability that are involved in any of the “Step Up” films.
Wormald is playing the role Kevin Bacon, originated as Ren McCormack.
Wormald definitely outshined Bacon when it came to the dancing comparisons, but there is some charm that Bacon has that Wormald can’t quite duplicate.
I found him believable and enjoyed his performance.
Up until the end of the film, I wasn’t comparing him to Bacon at all. Wormald did the unimaginable and made the character his own.
Chris Penn, who played the original Willard, would have been proud to see his doppelganger Miles Teller in his role.
Teller had all the same charm and lack of rhythm that Penn brought to the role up until the very end of the film.
Dennis Quaid played the preacher, originated by John Lithgow. I preferred Quaid’s version over Lithgow’s.
Lithgow brought a harsher tone to the character, while Quaid brought life to the role and a deeper meaning.
You see more of a concerned parent who struggles with how to protect his children with Quaid’s acting.
One of the greatest things to notice in this movie is how much they stuck to the original story and paid homage with subtle similarities.
Some parts of the movie I was worried they would dismiss when making this updated version.
I would have been sorely disappointed if they did not do the infamous warehouse scene.
Only one real problem I had with this version of “Footloose” was some of the song remakes.
A slow, sad version of “Holding Out for a Hero” definitely did not give justice to the original.
Blake Shelton’s more country style of “Footloose” was enjoyable for my inner country fan and could hold its own against the first Oscar nominated hit; although nothing will ever beat the original in my book.
These types of movies are really an acquired taste. If you were not a fan of the first, you won’t be a fan of this one either.
Although it lacked Kevin Bacon, it definitely will not disappoint fans. I found myself walking out of theater ready to go dancing.