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DVD Review: Footloose

March 6, 2012

Footloose – A Paramount Pictures’ Release

http://www.footloosemovie.com/en_us/

DVD Release Date: March 6th, 2012

Rated PG for violence, drug content, language may offend

Running time: 113 minutes

Craig Brewer (dir.)

Dean Pitchford (story & screenplay)

Craig Brewer (screenplay)

Deborah Lurie (music)

Kenny Wormald as Ren MacCormack

Julianne Hough as Ariel Moore

Dennis Quaid as Rev. Shaw Moore

Miles Teller as Willard

Our reviews below:

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Footloose DVD Review By John C.

*** (out of 4)

After his mother dies, Ren McCormack (Kenny Wormald) moves to the town of Bomont, where tragedy led to a ban on loud music and public dancing.  Falling for the rebellious Arial (Julianne Hough), the daughter of the town’s strict preacher (Dennis Quaid), and determined to make a difference, Ren must stand up for what he believes in.  Starting a petition to have the ban lifted, Footloose builds to a brilliant scene at a community meeting and a finale that makes the audience want to dance right along with the teenagers.  

Those who remain critical of the original Footloose likely won’t be much more taken by this modern reimagining.  But as a fan of the energetically entertaining classic from 1984, I had a lot of fun with this film.  Updating the screenplay and soundtrack just enough so that it doesn’t feel like a mere copy, the characters are nicely developed and have relatable reasons for their actions.  The music and vibrant dance sequences are a big part of what makes Footloose worth seeing, and this is one of those rare remakes that plays well alongside as the original.

The Blu-ray includes commentary with director Craig Brewer, deleted scenes, several featurettes and an awesome music video of “Fake ID” performed by Big & Rich.

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Footloose DVD Review By Erin V.  

*** (out of 4)

Based on – and an almost complete scene-for-scene remake of – the 1984 classic film of the same name, 2011’s Footloose is a film with a slightly different (more modern feel), but still good.  

The story is still that in a small town named Bomont, dancing, partying, etc. are banned for teenagers, after a tragic accident.  Now three years later, Ren McCormick (Kenny Wormald) comes to stay with his aunt and uncle there, and coming from Massachusetts, he finds the rules ridiculous and promptly challenges them.

There is a lot of music and dance in the film, which makes it fun to watch, and the soundtrack from the original is updated with two new songs and fresh takes on the old ones.  It won’t be for everyone.  For those that grew up with the original, the new take may feel too jarring, but it is well made with fine acting, and although two hours is still entertaining.  It’s worth a rental at least.

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Footloose DVD Review By Nicole

*** (out of 4)

A remake of the 1984 classic, Footloose is a fun musical adventure that will make you want to dance.  When Ren McCormack (Kenny Wormald) moves from Boston to Bomont, he is surprised to discover that a local minister (Dennis Quaid) has banned public dancing and loud music, due to a tragedy in his past.  However, Ren challenges the ban, becoming even more determined to do so once he falls in love with the minister’s daughter Ariel (Julianne Hough).  And like in the original, Ren reminds enryone that faith in God is not the problem, but misinterpretation of scripture can do a lot of damage.

Footloose holds up to the original.  Kenny Wormald is as good as Kevin Bacon, and the rest of the cast is also decent.  Some of the music is a bit different, but I personally liked the country and hip hop inspired takes on some of the original songs.  The titular song is kept the same, and the country song “Fake ID” is good too.  A slow country version of “I Need a Hero” is a particularly nice version of an originally fastpaced song.

The updates in Footloose do not distract, as they are limited to iPods (as opposed to cassette tapes) as well as modern fashions and vehicles.  Of course, the dancing is a bit more risqué than it was nearly thirty years ago, but that is to be expected in a town that makes any dancing illegal.  This is one of the few instances in which a remake has actually worked.  Footloose is worth getting on Blu-ray or DVD, as it is one that you will want to watch again.

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Footloose DVD Review By Maureen

*** (out of 4)

It’s not easy to produce a remake that stands up to the original.  This Footloose is an almost scene-for-scene remake of the 1984 classic that starred actor and dancer Kevin Bacon.  This time, dancer Kenny Wormald plays the new boy in town, Ren McCormack who comes from Boston and can’t believe that his new hometown of Bomont has laws against loud music and unsupervised teen dancing.  With the help of the Reverend’s rebellious daughter, Ariel (Julianne Hough) the town goes footloose once again and the dancing is as good as ever.

Footloose (2011) is entertaining and the dance numbers are fun to watch.  If you’ve seen the 1984 original then there are no surprises in the storyline.  The music in the remake is more of a country and hip hop mix compared to the 1984 rock and disco feel.  I like this remake, but still like the original film better.  The dancing is equally good in both films, but somehow Kevin Bacon will always be Ren McCormack for me.  Footloose (2011) is worth checking out on Blu-ray if you’re into music and dance, however if you haven’t already seen the 1984 original, watch that one as well.  And if you have seen the original, it’s worth revisitng again.

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Footloose DVD Review By Tony

**1/2 (out of 4)

Footloose is a remake of the 1984 film. Ren (Kenny Wormald) moves to a small southern town to live with his uncle’s family, having lived his whole life in Boston. His mother had moved there “in trouble” before he was born and recently died. Three years prior, five teenagers had died in a car accident following a dance, and encouraged by the preacher (Dennis Quaid) the town council brought in laws banning among other things public dancing. Ren and the other town kids including the preacher’s rebellious daughter Ariel (Julianne Hough) have to bring the town back to normal life.

The current Footloose follows essentially the same storyline as the 1984 film, and for those who haven’t seen it or want a slightly updated version it is a reasonable facsimile. Though admittedly more dancers than actors and, like the Glee cast, playing high school kids despite being well into their 20s, the current leads are fine in the roles previously played by Kevin Bacon and Sarah Jessica Parker. As the preacher and his wife, Quaid and Andie MacDowell are also good, if not in the same league as their earlier counterparts, John Lithgow and Diane Wiest. The rest of the cast is good, with more African Americans than I remember from 1984, and urban music replacing disco added to a mix heavily based on line dancing.

Though Footloose is predictable, especially for those who know the original version, it is still fun to watch. The new cast may not measure up to the previous lineup from an acting viewpoint, but their dance sequences are awesome, like Step Up with a better story.

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Consensus: A remake of the entertaining classic from 1984, Footloose is filled with energetic dance numbers all set to a good soundtrack, and is able to stand up alongside the original.  *** (Out of 4)

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