|‘Footloose’ remake brings story into the 21st century|
|Written by Kasha Henricks, Daily Vidette Staff Writer|
|Sunday, 23 October 2011 15:16|
In the “Footloose” remake, tragedy strikes the small southern town of Bomont with the death of five senior teenagers. This leads to the town laws against alcohol, partying and, unfortunately, dancing.
The story shifts when a city boy, Ren McCormack, played by Kenny Wormald, moves to Bomont and rebels against the town laws. Julianne Hough plays Ariel, Ren’s romantic opposite.
With Hough’s “Dancing With the Stars” history, we all knew she was a fantastic dancer, but “Footloose” proves she can act as well.
Wormald, although not as popular as Hough, was well known in the dancing scene. He worked as a dancer and choreographer, performing in multiple music videos and touring with Justin Timberlake.
Although both Hough and Wormald are new to the acting world, I found their performances to be entertaining and possibly a good predictor of future success.
Willard, a supporting role played by Miles Teller, adds humor to the seemingly minor character. His quirky personality brings color to “Footloose” and added immensely to my enjoyment of the film.
Additionally, Dennis Quaid and Andie MacDowell played strong supporting roles. They superbly represent a small town preacher and his wife, showing vulnerability and wisdom throughout the final scenes.
Director Craig Brewer and screenplay writer Dean Pitchford did a remarkable job not only recreating this film, but updating it.
The remake modernizes the choreography and music making it current and adding a 21st century flare to the film.
Though the film may be referred to as a comedy or a drama, in my book it would be perfectly described as a chick flick, truly perfect for a night out with the girls or to see on a date.