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Footloose, Bringing a Classic to a New Generation
So you "Gotta cut Loose, footloose Kick off your Sunday shoes."
So, i already know what you are thinking. Aren't there any original movies out nowadays? Wasn't the orginal fine the way it was? Many fans of the orginal Footloose were very skeptical of the remake, and rightly so. But from someone who was not even born when the original came out, I am quite thankful that this was a remake that Craig Brewer (the director) decided to do.
I went and saw the 1984 remake this past Friday and loved every minute of it! I truly feel that the approach to the classic was completely appropriate. They tried not to change the movie, but instead update it, giving the movie modern, and more edgy music and dancing, all while keeping, what many would consider, an " old school" storyline. Honestly, what city would really ban dancing? Going to a dance is a right of passage for any American High Schooler! Well, this topic is actually more relevant then many of us thought.
I watched an interview with Kenny Wormald, who steps in the place of Kevin Bacon, to play the leading man, Ren. He too asked, is the storyline of this remake relevant enough for young people and adults to relate to? The producers of the film proceed to tell him that they looked up ban on dancing, and they stopped counting after finding 150 towns/cities that practice this law. Wow! Now is that crazy or what?
Well, as a viewer, and new fan to such a classic, I took away more from the story than parents just trying to be mean, and take away the kids fun. I think this movie is about the communication between parents and their children, which i think now more than ever, our culture needs to understand. I don't want to give too much away, but for all the skeptics out there give this film a chance. Footloose has brought a classic to a new generation of teens and young adults. Bringing relevance, of dance and music, but gving us something to think about as we leave the theater. So kick off your sunday shoes, and go see this awesome flick!