Sunday, November 06, 2011
Footloose Keeps the Dance Going
Posted by Courtney Small
Recently my wife had a much needed “girls night out” while I stayed home with our little guy. Part of the festivities included the ladies taking in the recent Footloose remake. Seeing as she was a big fan of the original Footloose film, I decided to get my wife’s, who I shall refer to as Dancing D for this piece, reaction to director Craig Brewer’s adaptation of the 1984 film.
CS: How did you and the other ladies find the film?
Dancing D: It was awesome! We all had a really good time. They stayed true to the original in regards to some of the lines and the speech Ren McCormack (Kenny Wormald) makes in the town hall scene, etc. However they updated some sections where it was needed. For example the movie starts with the car crash that kills Ariel’s brother. I also like how they updated other things like the music and the diversity of the people, most notably adding African Americans, who live in the town of Bomont.
CS: In regards to the music, how much was changed?
Dancing D: They kept several of the key songs. For example, the title track “Footlose” and the song to which Willard (Miles Teller) first learns to dance “Let’s Hear it for the Boys”. “Holding out for a Hero” was updated, but not to the point were you could not recognize the song
CS: What are some moments that really stood out for you?
Dancing D: I was excited to see how they updated the tractor scene. I thought it worked really well. Miles Teller who played Willard was fantastic, he really steals the show. It was also nice to see the film actually give the women some power this time around. In the original film the women basically stood around while their men fought. In this version the women got involved and actually fought with one of the guys and ran him off.
CS: What did you think of Julianne Hough’s work in the film?
Dancing D: She was good. I knew she was a dancer, but similar to the Ariel in the original, she did not have much dancing to do. Her acting seemed a little forced at the beginning however, as the film progressed, she settled into her character.
CS: And Dennis Quaid?
Dancing D: He was very good as Ariel’s dad, Reverend Shaw Moore, but he still could not top John Lithgow in the original. I will say that I like how Andie McDowell’s character, Vi Moore, was written in this film more than in the original. She seemed more likeable, a more believable character.
CS: Do you think guys will enjoy the film? Or is it more geared towards a female audience.
Dancing D: I think it will appeal more to females. In our theatre there were only three men watching the film. Two were with their wives, and the third seemed to be on a date.
CS: So you clearly enjoyed the film, if you had to grade it what would rate the film.
Dancing D: I would give it an “A”. This was one of the best remakes I have seen in a while. It stayed true in the areas that it needed to while updating the film to make it accessible for a new, and younger, audience.