Footloose, an 2011 American dance film, attempts to bring back to life one of the most iconic movies of its time. Throwing a modern spin on the 1984 movie by the same name, heart-throb Kenny Wormald and beauty Juilanne Hough revive the modern story of the city boy moving to the small town where dancing is not just frowned upon, but illegal.
When three teenagers are killed in a horrific car accident, Bomont reverend Shaw Moore (Dennis Quaid) convinces the town to pass a series of ridiculous, paternalistic laws that include no dancing without supervision to prevent more untimely deaths. Three years later, Boston-native Ren McCormack (Kenny Wormald) arrives in Bomont after his mother’s death and has some problems adjusting.
Confused as to why the whole town must suffer, Ren sets out on a mission to not only change the law, but to change the way of thinking in the small town of Bomont. He thinks that Mr. Moore is trying to be a parent to the entire town, and is doing even his own daughter, Ariel (Julianne Hough) Ren’s love-interest, a disfavor. But when Ren plans prom just outside the city-limits, things get bumpy as love-crazed teenagers begin to dance the night away.
Directed by Craig Brewer, Footloose has been received by many with rather positive reviews, an extraordinary feat for a remake of such a timeless movie. The LA Times said, “The new version of 1984’s Footloose has updated moves and a sexier look, but retains the story line. It doesn’t have the emotional impact of the original, but it ups the energy level”. A great memorial to a trend-setting classic, Footloose is worth the watch.