With that being said, there are some books that read exactly the way their covers look. Footloose is more or less that type of "book".
If you have seen the original (I have not seen the entire movie, but I am familiar with the key scenes) then there is plenty of nostalgia to be had here. MTV Films has tried to modernize the movie by adding some rap music and iPods, but at the same time, there are some scenes that are the exact same. Ren's classic burgundy tux and flash-dancing rage session are among some of the scenes ripped from the 1984 original. Sometimes this form of keeping with the same movie works and other times it doesnt. For example, at one point in the movie there is a bus race around a dirt track which was literally boring me to death. Our generation is used to high-octane action. We grew up on Mission Impossible, The Matrix, etc. Bus racing at 10mph just doesnt have the same effect that it did in the eighties. Now I know that the aim of this movie is not to be an action film, but in the words of Gob Bluth, "COME ON!" They should have modernized this section with dune buggies or even Vespa's would have been better.
|Filmed at the Grizzly Rose?|
Another complaint I have about the movie is that the first half is, in my opinion, just terrible. Which is a shame because about halfway through the movie, it gets really good, and stays really good all the way through the ending. In particular, there is a scene where Willard (played scene-stealingly perfect by newcomer Miles Teller) learns how to dance. It is easily my favorite part of the film, along with the ending, and really turned the film around for me. In addition to Miles, the other newcomer, Kenny Wormald (who replaces Kevin Bacon as Ren McCormack) pretty much certifies his stardom here. Maybe not necessarily as a dancer (though he is fantastic), but as an actor. He isn't Oscar-worthy good, but you want to see him succeed, you want his character to get the girl and all that jazz. Julianne Hough is a fair enough actress, not amazing - not terrible, but she shines on the dance floor; being able to dance more natural than any of the others (by natural I mean looking like she is having a good time while doing it). Which I guess is why she won Dancing With the Stars twice.
|One of the best scenes of the movie. Nearly exactly the same as the 1984 original|
|The ending features the best dancing and a pretty good fight scene. Again, notice the nostalgic burgundy tuxedo!|
As a final note, I want to point out the main thing that I think can be learned from the film. Dancing, while sometimes considered "gay" or "stupid", is one of the main ways people express themselves. So to all the guys out there, don't be afraid to make a fool of yourself when you are dancing, people will appreciate you for it (assuming you arent sloppy drunk). I know this firsthand. And ladies? When a man is upstanding enough to want to dance with you in ways other than grinding, appreciate it. It shows they are comfortable with you so stop worrying so damn much.
- I would give the second half of the movie an 8.5/10, it was great
- For so many first-time actors, the acting was surprisingly well done
- As most MTV Films do, it had a fitting soundtrack throughout the movie
- Great dancing in some scenes
- A fun sense of nostalgia
- Great scenes between Ren and Willard that are always funny
- I would give the first half of the movie a 4/10, it was awful
- Some corny scenes (aka the flash-rage-warehouse-dancing scene) but they have to be there to stay true to the original
- Church-and-state debate is insignificant in this day and age
- When compared to the dancing in Step Up 2 and Step Up 3D, this movie lacks big time other than the last scene
- That bus racing scene was seriously so dumb. How do buses spontaneously catch on fire and how is there that much damage when you are driving at a max speed of 15mph!?!?!?
Rath's Review Score: 6.5/10
In other movie news, the first OFFICIAL trailer for The Avengers was just released as I wrote this. Check it out below: