“Footloose” Review

Maddie Patton, Staff Writer

Kevin Bacon danced through the hearts of teen girls all over the United States in 1984. And now, almost 30 years later, a new take on the film Footloose sends Dancing with the Stars’ Julianne Hough onto the big screen. Will the remake be a hit or a miss?

I was extremely impressed how well the new movie stuck to the old plot line. Sometimes when an older movie is re-made, it is changed and you wouldn’t even know there was an original. While I was watching, I had moments where I saw the old movie in my head as well as on screen. I loved the opening credits; they were exactly the same between the two movies. Yet, the film was directed at the audience of the 21st century. Director, Craig Brewer, did a great job of taking the old music and making it more modern. The soundtrack features Blake Shelton and Cee Lo Green doing covers of the classic music from the original.

Watching the original film sends me back in time. It excites me to see such advancement in the industry has made over a 30-year span. The first film is great. It’s acting – or should I say overacting – is so different that it is better than the new one. Call me crazy, but I love how cheesy the actors are. In the original, Kevin Bacon’s scene in the warehouse when he’s dancing his anger off is intense, and is captured in the new movie perfectly.

If I had the chance to live in a small town like Bomont, Georgia, I’d pack up my life and move in a second. In the movie, the actors sport cowboy boots and flannel shirts in almost every scene. The lead male, Kenny Wormald, wears a leather jacket and gels up his hair, very similar to Kevin Bacon. In comparison to the old movie, I liked the fashion more in the new one. From mullets to high wasted jeans, the fashion in the original film is the epitome of the 80s. Take the decade day during homecoming week and multiply it by 1,000 and you’ll get Footloose 1984. I’m not the biggest fan of high wasted jeans or the puffy sleeved dresses in the prom scene, so there’s really no contest between the two movies.

Now, onto the dancing, the older film is most definitely a culture shock. Rock music and intense moves that everybody knows, like the “running man”, is the best thing of all time. Julianne Hough is the best talent in the entire movie.

I would most definitely recommend everyone go see the new Footloose. I think it’s better to watch the original and then go see the new one to understand the incredible difference between then and now. If you want to be entertained and amazed, then go buy tickets right now.