Writer/Director Craig Brewer (“Hustle & Flow,” “Black Snake Moan”) delivers a new take of the beloved 1984 classic film, “Footloose.”
Ren MacCormack (played by newcomer Kenny Wormald) is transplanted from Boston to the small southern town of Bomont where he experiences a heavy dose of culture shock.
A few years prior, the community was rocked by a tragic accident that killed five teenagers after a night out and Bomont’s local councilmen and the beloved Reverend Shaw Moore (Dennis Quaid) responded by implementing ordinances that prohibit loud music and dancing.
Not one to bow to the status quo, Ren challenges the ban, revitalizing the town and falling in love with the minister’s troubled daughter Ariel (Julianne Hough) in the process. The reverend ban’s Ariel from seeing Ren again after he engages in dangerous driving with her former boyfriend, Chuck.
The film is likely to please general audiences and especially anyone who has not seen the original. The remake has more energy and will appeal to the younger generation, mainly thanks to the performance of Wormald, who may lack the appeal of Kevin Bacon, but has all the moves, good looks and wit to make his role a success.
Some elements have been kept too close to the original, so anyone who has seen it will end up wondering why some things are the same and others have been changed.
The soundtrack in the remake is more varied than the original, with some blues, country and metal mixed in with the dance tunes.
Film review by Gabrielle Devon