Friday, October 14, 2011
10-14-11: Everybody Cut, Everybody Cut
FOOTLOOSE (2011) ***1/2 D: Craig Brewer. Kenny Wormald, Julianne Hough, Miles Teller, Dennis Quaid.
Let's here it for the boy, let's give the boy a hand. This remake is actually quite good.
Another '80s favorite is given the remake treatment and is in many ways as good as if not better than the original. The remake is pretty much the same as the original, beat-for-beat. Changing things up here and there. It is now more contemporized for the 21st century. After a tragic accident that took the lives of five teens, a town bans dancing and loud music. In the original, I think it was because it was all deemed sinful and morally corrupting.
Wormald and Hough are likable in the Bacon and Singer roles. Wormald can definitely dance. His anger dance really puts Bacon's through the ringer. Teller is just as memorable as Chris Penn was. The always dependable Quaid does a decent job as the minister.
Brewer keeps it light and breezy with plenty of dancing and music. Many songs from the original soundtrack are rerecorded to good effect. I like the new take on "I Need a Hero."
It's a toe-tapping good time that is a remake worthy of the name "Footloose".