A remake that's as good as the original. (by depalmafan)
Now this is what I'm talking about! A remake made by people who obviously love the original it's packed with nifty visual and aural tributes to the 1984 film without being enslaved to it. From the terrific opening credit sequence on, this is non-stop entertainment - getting the guy who directed BLACK SNAKE MOAN and HUSTLE AND FLOW to reboot FOOTLOOSE was a brilliant idea, as he perfectly combines his own preoccupations mainly having to do with his continuing examination of the American south with the structure of the original to make a film that's both personal expression and <more>
mainstream entertainment. Everyone who's hating on this based on the teaser should keep an open mind - after all, thou shalt not judge a film by its trailer. Far from being a STEP UP retread as many people who haven't seen it have theorized , this is a movie with a diverse range of music and a gorgeous visual style - and having the hottest chick on earth in the female lead doesn't hurt.
One of the top feel good movies of the year 2011 (by ajwin05)
I saw the Footloose remake in 2011 and thought it was a very good movie. I found it funny, sad, dramatic, romantic, and toe-tapping fun. I liked the original a lot but hated the book-burning scene. I liked the cast in the new one. I usually am not very fond of unknown actors but Kenny Wormald who played Ren did a great job and won me over. He was funny, handsome, and a good dancer. He looks a bit like Kevin Bacon. The cast was top notch. The best performances were by Kenny Wormald, Dennis Quaid, Julianne Hough, Andie Mcdowall, Miles Teller, and John Patrick Flueger. Dennis Quaid was as good <more>
as John Lithgown was in the original. His portrayal of Rev. Shaw Moore was good, in this one he just seemed too over-protective of the town and his daughter Ariel. In this one he hates Ren at first but begins to like him. In the original John Lithgow did a great job but at times he was too much of a jerk. Julianne Hough was funny and sexy as Ariel. She did much better then Lori Singer was in the old version. I liked that the old version of the songs appeared in the film and I liked Blake Shelton's cover of the title song. Blake Shelton sang the song good but the Kenny Loggins version was better. I like the cover of Almost Paradise better then the old version. I thought Miles Teller was great as Ren's redneck pal Willard. He was goofy and just as great as Chris Penn in the original. I liked when Ren taught him how to dance. I liked that the cast was not just all white people. I liked the Latin beauty who played Ariel's pal Rusty. And two characters Woody and Andy Beamis who were white in the old one were black in this version. This version is modern but is quite faithful to the classic one. Most of the great lines were the same. I liked the dance at the end, and I liked it when Ren confronted the council. John Patrick Flueger was somewhat scary as Ariel's older boyfriend Chuck Cranston. He was an ignorant ass and he became a good villain. I did not like it when he fought Ariel but I'm glad she smashed his truck. She did not take crap from anyone. I also liked the fight scene at the end when he and his gang fought Willard and Ren. Ren kicked his ass and saved the day. Footloose is a great movie even though it is a remake of a classic. People need to see it because they'll have a great time.
I am a die hard Footloose fan and it is my favorite movie. Being only 17, you can find it hard to believe that I love an 80's movie but I do. Also, you may find me biased because I am young and reviewing a modern remake meant for today's generation.Put that aside and just hear me out. Yes, the story line is cheesy and weird, but it is also interesting and shows how people can be pushed to the limit through tragedy. Many people thought a ridiculous plot couldn't be modernized because it would be ridiculous in today's world. I find the plot to be very interesting and plausible <more>
because it is set in a small, religious town.Now, lets get to the remake. The cast is just as good as the original. Kenny brings Boston charm and delivers. He portrayed Ren very well and his dancing is pretty awesome. Julianne Hough is young, fresh, hot and an excellent dancer. As an actress, she was OK. I believe that she was used as eye candy more than a serious actress, but she acted the part very well and delivered excellent performances in the movies most emotional scenes. Miles was the best out of all the cast. He portrayed Willard very convincingly and brought great humor and southern charm. His dance montage was the best scene ever and payed great homage to the original! The rest of the supporting cast played their parts well. The dancing was what got me hooked for this movie. I love modern dance and they way it looks. This movie delivered a variety of dance techniques that were fresh, tight and skilled. It was very modern and very entertaining. I also loved that they gave back story and gave a whole new story with Ren's mother. The accident in the beginning was very emotional because it came out of nowhere and shocks you because you don't actually see it coming. With Ren's mom, I was glad and mad that she wasn't there. Glad because they give her a new story, which gave Ren more character development. Mad because that was one part of the original that was important. However, this and the back story truly made it a modern remake. You cannot remake a movie exactly because then there is no point. Overall, one of the best remakes I have ever seen and I have seen a lot. People bashed this movie before they saw it and even after wards their minds are wrapped up in their biased critique. Remakes are not made to outdo the original, but to modernize it for the next generation. It was truly amazing, nodded at the original and kept it tight. 10/10
An all-around enjoyable movie (by rachelwingard26)
I found the remake of Footloose thoroughly enjoyable. Granted, I wasn't around when the original was released and don't have the attachment to it of teens of that time, but I appreciated this movie. It may not have had the best acting as the original or carried the same weight, but it was a feel-good movie that put a smile on a my face. It had amazing dance sequences and great music that left me dancing out of the theater. Kenny Wormald and Julianne Hough brought a certain airy feeling to the film that was missing from the original, and their chemistry-- especially on the dance <more>
floor--was palpable. I think that it was a perfect movie for my generation who didn't grow up watching the original.
Surprisingly Enjoyable Movie FOOTLOOSE 2011 (by johnmiddleton12)
This was a well-constructed screen play which from the surprising start had me engrossed in the story. The dancing was great and the music terrific. I attended with my granddaughter and her friend and they gave it 9 out of 10 I would say more about the story but it would spoil it. Dennis Quaid as the preacher and Andie McDowell as the preacher's wife played stalwart roles as the overprotective parents of the beautiful Ariel Julianne Hough who rebels as teenagers do against their strict rules. Enter mechanic Ren McCormack Kenny Wormald high school gymnast, dancer who finds the town <more>
rules a bit hard to take until he decides to take on the town, what happens next well that's what you find out when you go see the movie.
The more you love the original classic... the more you'll love this remake. (by TSago70)
The original "Footloose" is one of those "time capsule" movies that captures the MTV pop culture of 1984 in such a dynamic way. It was a huge box office success, with the help of its multi-platinum soundtrack which knocked Michael Jackson's "Thriller" off the top of the Billboard charts . It made Kevin Bacon a star, it spawned a Broadway musical... and now, 27 years later, a remake... which is best described as a passionate love letter to the original classic. It treats the 1984 version with much respect... and includes numerous homages that true fans will <more>
recognize and appreciate. All of the studios doing remakes of these classic movies should take a lesson from this one. Basically, if you want to feel good... see this movie!
I liked the film.It stayed true to the original. Dancing is well done, and not contrived. Leads look great. All the actors do a very good job. Some dance scenes remind me of but are nothing like the dance scene in the Breakfast Club, which helps to set the upbeat tone. It's a feel good movie.Things that let it down are: the father/daughter relationship was not so believable. The pointless fight scene at the end. And the opening outline. Too much emotional drama is layered on after the tragedy without the audience forming any bond with the characters. Also the movie is a little slow to <more>
I recently saw an early showing of Footloose in Toronto, and was totally expecting and dreading to see "Step Up 4 Footloose".I'm a big fan of the original, but there is no question that it's somewhat dated watching it today. Seriously, that tractor chicken race is pretty laughable. Replacing it with school-bus figure-8 drag racing is hilarious and managed to be actually exciting.This remake isn't better than the original, but it does keep it fresh by updating the music and the overall look, without losing the feel that made the original so great. Without question, this <more>
*is* Footloose, but updated for a more modern audience. It doesn't lose much, if anything, in the adaptation, and some scenes are nearly shot-for-shot tributes to the original.While some may write this off as a "needless" remake, I found it to be a refreshing, toe-tapping, feel-good flick that manages to capture the spark of the original and will bring Footloose to a generation of kids that might otherwise have ignored it. Recommended.
Seen 'Em Both. Love 'Em Both. (by theblaineandersonofficia)
Sure, I wasn't around for the Footloose hype if there was ever one of the 1980s when the original movie came out, but alas, I did see it. I have also seen the remake. And I believe them to be great movies!I just got back from the theater, actually, and found the film to be quite enjoyable! It's great fun! But not for all ages. A bit too raunchy for the little kids that want to get up and start singing.Story tells of Ren McCormick wanting to oppose the law of no dancing in the town of Boumont. The plot is a little flat throughout most of the movie, but the great cast seems to make <more>
this movie a worthwhile entertainment ride!Now, the movie doesn't have as much dancing, but I will give it that Kenny Wormald really has amazing dance moves! And Julianne Hough known as a country singer has some great acting chops! Especially in the scene with her Reverend dad, played by Dennis Quaid.It's a little too raunchy for parents to bring their kids to. Lots of sexual themes and language. But if anyone is looking for a film to just smile at, this is your movie!But the real talent goes to Miles Teller, the dimwitted redneck, Willard. Every line that he had, the audience in the theater would just burst out into laughter! The funniest/best scene of the movie is arguably where the girls are teaching him how to dance, and he starts to dance everywhere!Great movie! 8/10