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Footloose (2011) (DVD)
Member Name: elysia2003
Footloose (2011) (DVD)
Date: 14/10/11, updated on 14/10/11 (68 review reads)
Advantages: A great film which has your emotions fluctuating between sadness, happiness, and downright joy
Disadvantages: I found the swearing, mild violence and sexual references not acceptable for young viewers.
This is a film only review, as we have seen it in the cinema today. The DVD/Blu ray may have extra features, but this review cannot, and does not discuss these.
Footloose is a remake of the 1984 film of the same name, starring Kevin Bacon. It was a huge success at the time, and as a teenager at that moment, it contained everything I could wish for; drama, romance and most important of all, dancing. Although, not having seen the original for more years than I care to remember, I believe the new version raises the bar, and goes one better.
Updated for a new generation (boy do I sound old), the male lead is now a relatively unknown dancer by the name of Kenny Wormald, who ironically, was born at the height of the original Footloose's peak. His casting for the part didn't go without controversy though, as Zac Efron was originally chosen for the part. I do think Zac's clean cut image would have been a step too far for this film, as the character he would have played, Ren McCormack, was a teenager from the big city, rebelling against old fashioned, small town laws that ban dancing and loud music.
The opening scenes feature the song of the film's name, and are as toe tappingly good in the twenty first century as it was in the last. The first five minutes you are lulled into a haze of dance and music, and then comes the twist. Without giving anything away, it's exciting and unexpected, and alters the tone of the movie for a while. The exhilarating happiness is gone, and takes a while to come back. This is where the movie really comes alive for me, and the story can be told.
One might expect this to be a girly movie, with lots of dancing, music and gorgeous guys in there, but there is more than enough 'action' to satisfy any guy too. There dramatic car stunts, a far amount of violence, and a few sections of a sexual nature, where the scene was eked out just that little bit too long. I'm no prude, but I wouldn't have wanted it to go any further, my eight year old was watching.
Julianne Hough (who plays Ariel), gave an outstanding performance. The emotions shown were totally believable. I thought she acted beautifully, but her dancing ability was the highlight for me. Dennis Quaid's appearances as her father were always emotive and heartwrenching. I haven't seen him in anything for a while, and it reminded me how good an actor he is. He played his part with the sheer angst it deserved. Andie McDowell, (the mother), on the other hand, was rather wooden, and had very few lines to vocalise. She was on screen quite a lot, but her role was rather limited, and her appearance didn't add much to the film. Having not seen Footloose for many years, I'm presuming, this followed along the lines of the original, so it's not too much of a hardship.
The film rating is a 12A, and as such my daughter could watch the film too. I did feel that this film did stretch the boundaries that I would normally let her view, the bad language was evident from the start, the scenes where a boy beat his girlfriend up, and a fight scene almost at the end of the film, did just push what they were aiming for, just a tad. These scenes and the sexual one, although fine for adult viewing, were just a little longer than need be. If you are taking an older child they'd be fine with it. Maybe I'm just a tad too over protective in wanting to keep my daughter from the evils of the world as long as I can. Saying that, she enjoyed the film immensely (the bits where I didn't cover her face).
Overall, I thought this was a brilliant and fitting remake of the original Footloose. Plenty of action, humour, and dramatic emotion keep the viewer on the edge of their seat. Our family of four consists of a fifty eight year old male, right down to an eight year old girl, and considering our respective age ranges, and tastes, we all found it extremely enjoyable. Just be mindful that there is swearing and violence in this film, it's all down to personal choice, but had I known beforehand, I probably wouldn't have taken her.
One to watch.
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Summary: Great feel good film - perfect for starting off a weekend.