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Reviewed in the United States on December 21, 2019
Miles Teller brings the humor (and his character Willard even shares his football jersey number with DeKaylin Metcalf!) and Dennis Quaid brings the earnestness. The rest is a bit subdued compared to the original. Also, since the daughter hit Chuck first doesn’t that make her the abusive one.
I was shocked of how this remake turned out. Of course I don't know any of the young actors and actresses in here except Dennis Quaid and Andie MacDowell. I have seen Miles Teller from the new remake of Fantastic Four as Mr. Fantastic. And Patrick Flueger from Chicago P.D. TV Series. In my own opinion I thought this was good but it can't surpass the classic. The classic will always be with you and remember the greatest film early 80's of all time. It had just about everything from the classic except of few scenes. This one, Ren used an old school bus to defeat Chuck. and Ren's mother was dead in this one. But I would recommend it just watch it once in your lifetime to see how you like it.
I watched this in 2020 and realized this movie has many stars I recognize. Not the lead actor though. He plays a teenager who seems to be way too mature for his years. I don’t recognize the actor who plays his uncle, but did recognize the actress who plays his aunt. The preacher, the preacher’s wife and the preacher’s daughter are all played by well known celebrities. And Fantastic Four’s Mr Fantastic and Jumanji’s tall football player is in this movie too.
Story-wise, the plot is way too predictable. It put me to sleep in less than an hour. Luckily it is not too long.
I believe that they did a great job remaking this movie, and out of respect for the original actors kept the story line dead on, i liked that they added visual to why they made the ban instead of just a story. The purpose in remaking movies is to either make them better or to pass on great movies to a new generation and using actors that they have seen or know of. I Think the 80's era had something that many generations didn't and that was to show a story from a teenagers struggles growing up and how they dealt with them, not unrealistically but what spoke to every teenager that sat down to watch it. What I liked was just the upgrade to time but not the change to the story, it still had the same meaning that it did then.
Actors seem miscast and the updated scenes seem unrealistic (for example, the tractor game of chicken in the original vs, the buses in this version or the iconic Kevin Bacon colo dance scene). If you haven't seen the original, this could be fun.
I haven't watched the original movie, but looks like from previous reviews that you might enjoy this movie more if you haven't watched the original.
It's pretty action packed with dance and fight scenes but it also has an interesting story line. The accents that the characters have are fun to listen to and they have some meaningful character development. Most of the characters are not evil for the sake of being evil, which is hard to find in movies these days. Of course there are going to be loose ends but didn't stop me from enjoying the movie.
4.0 out of 5 starsThe same Footloose - minus Kevin Bacon.
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on August 28, 2015
This is a carbon copy remake of the original 1984 film. There are some small changes that I feel were necessary in making this film stand out but other than that it's pretty much the same. It is a modern day retelling of the film, so don't expect to see the 1980's brought back to life. They do have mobile phones and iPod's. I'm not sure how to explain without revealing too much, but I feel that the storyline is better captured now than it was in 1984. It's believable now that a small southern town would go to such lengths to protect their young people, given the amount of exposure and ease of access getting music is nowadays. Maybe that's because I'm not of the 80's generation, that I don't understand. It's a good film to kick back with for a girly night in.
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on February 11, 2012
'There comes a time to cut loose'. I am ashamed to admit that before watching this film in the cinema, I had never seen the original. This film brings a classic story into the modern day whilst still keeping the original script and music. I had no idea that so many classic songs came from this film except from the obvious title track. Songs such as 'Let's hear it for the boy' and 'Holding out for a hero' still remain but with a 2011 twist. This film not only encapsulates today's teen spirit for music and dance, speaking as a 21 years old, it also unites our generation with previous generations who experienced the original film first time round. This film can be appreciated by the whole family and can lead to the enjoyment of a much loved classic. I can now confirm that I have seen the original film (but I enjoy this one more... sorry mum!) In the words of Ren MacCormack - 'This is our time'. [...]
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on February 9, 2012
great film if you liked the old footloose then you will love this version, i really enjoyed it the storyline is very slightly different but the characters are the same the revends son gets killed in a car crash coming home from a club listening to music so he and the town council ban loud music and dancing in belmont town and put the kids in the town on a curfew to protact the kids or so they think. until wren a city boy moves in everything is about to change for the better as far as the town kids think anyway.
As the title suggests, I like this movie a lot which is surprising since most people I know don't. Nonetheless it delivers an easy to follow and effective storyline, likable characters (especially Miles Tellers' character), good soundtrack and a decent (somewhat contrived) romance. Saying that, I enjoyed the vibe of the movie and i find it to be one I can easily watch again.
A huge fan of the 80's version, I was keen to see this on the big screen and it didn't disappoint. It's been modernised in a good way, not detracting from the original content. The male lead is superb. I'm not quite as blown away with the female lead (I don't really think there was any following Lori Singer) but she's eye candy for the boys (a bit Jennifer Aniston-esque). I'd recommend this for anyone who loved the original version and loves dancing/musicals.
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on February 21, 2012
I can't honestly say I loved this film - the music is great, the dancing great, the storyline not too far from the original. But there is no warmth in the main characters, Julianne Hough is an amazing dancer but she's not an actress and same for the male lead. Like other comments, the character of Willard kind of steals the show with the best acting. An OK remake and fine to watch on DVD but i think the original is a million times better.
I have to admit during my youth, i went to see the original Footloose at the Cinema and being in my teens when the original came out thought it was great. So with some sceptism i watched the remake but i have to be honest i was pleasantly suprised.
As some of the other reviewers have stated, this is pretty much a shot for shot remake, although the music is a little more uptempo but that just serves the purpose for this film being a "Footloose for a new generation".
It has all the standard cheesey moments that i remember but i still found it an enjoyable couple of hours and would recommend it to anyone.