‘Footloose:’ Not Quite the Original

by Devan

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The new Footloose was a box office gold ticket.  Relesased in September this year, the film met some opposition, as it was a remake of the 1980’s favorite staring Kevin Bacon and Lori Singer, and John Lithgow.  However, it rose to the challenge and was a success.

Julianne Hough plays Ariel Moore, a preacher’s daughter in a small town where dancing is forbidden.  The rebellious Ren MacCormack, played by Kenny Wormwald, moves to the town from Bostom, massachusetts and stirs things up just in time for the senior prom.

Some positives to this movie was the dancing and acting.  The dancing was spot-on and showed much enthusiam.   It stayed true to the original, and matched it in excitement.  The movie in itself was good; it was similar to the original in more than one way. Many of the scenes are the like the original film,  including the actors’ wardrobes.

While the film was a success, there were some elements I found disappointing.  The accents were flat and lacked realism.  Wormald’s Boston accent, for instance, was unsuccessfully portrayed.  Watching Hough was equally difficult because she doesn’t have the southern accent that other characters do.  This was equally frustrating because the southern atmosphere established by the setting was well done.

Overall the movie was fantastic and had many interesting compliments toward the original.  While it is no longer in theaters, it will be worth renting OnDemand and from Netflix in the upcoming months.

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Image: http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/en/e/ed/Footloose2011Poster.jpg

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