Footloose (2011) has the unusual job of remaking a cult film that wasn’t all that great to begin with. Which seems like a bad decision since the original fit the cheesy 80’s mold perfectly. Something that can’t be easily replicated, especially for a movie set in the early 2010’s. When rap and break dancing is the norm. As strange as it is to say, I do think the remake does a lot better than the original. I won’t go so far as to say one is better than the other, since it’s pretty much the same ridiculous story. I just felt like a lot of their choices gave the story more reasons to empathize with the characters. Footloose (2011) actually opens with the car crash that set the no dance law in motion. Thus giving you more of a reason to sympathize with the reverend. The new actor playing Ren is no Kevin Bacon, but he is more of a well rounded character. He does things like fix up his yellow volkswagen and mourn for his mother who (in this version) has past away. Aside from that, the dialogue is about 60% the same. While the most iconic scenes are recreated (even the scenes that are difficult not to make cheesy). The 80’s may be an untouchable decade for the most part, but Footloose (2011) is worth watching if you give it a chance.
Remake of: Footloose (1984)