All the right moves
Footloose (M) ★★★■ Director: Craig Brewer ( Hustle
Stars: Kenny Wormald, Julianne Hough, Patrick John Fleuger, Dennis Quaid, Miles Teller
Sure steps along a familiar path How does Footloose 2.0 stack up against the original? Tough question. The new version is superior in most departments.
The standard of acting is slightly higher and the dancing is light years better.
The script and direction are tighter, punchier and to the point.
However – and this is a big however – the original Footloose holds an enduring iconic status for ’ 80s tragics.
The new Footloose will barely be remembered by Christmas. So it goes. The story remains pretty much the same as the original – a perky little melodrama pitting old against young, cool against square, and those with rhythm against those without. Small-town life is getting up the nose of city boy rebel Ren McCormack ( Kenny Wormald) big time.
Owing to a tragic car accident years earlier, anything that the local kids like doing – playing loud music, dancing and staying out past 11pm – has been summarily outlawed by the town elders.
Our hero, of course, is going to do something about that before the final credits roll.
But first there’s the good-looking daughter ( Julianne Hough) of a hard-nosed preacher ( Dennis Quaid) to be romanced.
And there’s a whole lotta dancing to be done.
The glue subtly holding everything together for Footloose is the intelligent and atmospheric direction of Craig Brewer. He keeps the cheese factor ramped down for as long as humanly possible before giving way to the inevitable Glee-esque finale.
Now showing Village Cinemas
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Dancing man: P6-7