We don’t really see the need for remakes. Usually, the original is better (or at least more ingrained in pop culture). Footloose is definitely an unnecessary remake, but we liked it anyway.
The story is pretty much the same; if you’ve seen the original, you know what’s going to happen in this version as well. The dance moves are updated, of course, but it’s the same plot. Kenny Wormald is definitely a better dancer than Kevin Bacon (well, Kevin Bacon’s stand-in), so that was a plus. Also, the new Willard (though a UGA fan) is more entertaining than the older version’s. The only big change from the original that we noticed is Ren’s mother’s death being the impetus for his move.
When people hire dancers instead of actors, we expect the acting to be subpar and the dancing to be really good, which is pretty much what happened here. We like Julianne Hough as both a person and a dancer, but she’s not the best actress. Honestly though, if you’re going to see Footloose, you probably aren’t expecting Oscar-worthy acting.
One recommendation: see the movie with someone, preferably someone who likes to have fun. This blogger saw it with a friend and it was one of the better movie-going experiences she can remember. They danced in the aisles and sang along with a bunch of the songs. Another recommendation: see the movie at an obscure time, so you’re able to do both of those things.
Movie grade: B