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Footloose
A newer version of the same old number


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Plot
Newcomer Kenny Wormwald steps into the skinny jeans of Ren McCormack for this musical version of the Kevin Bacon original.


Review
Footloose
In development for several years, this version updates the story from the 1984 original, switches the setting and swaps a few elements. But essentially, this is just the old dance number with some new choreography as big-city boy Ren MacCormack (Kenny Wormald) shakes up the music-hating town of Bomont. No matter how much it might still go on in small US towns, the dancing ban is still not the world’s most dramatic hook, Wormald is no Kevin Bacon (the angry warehouse dance number is still silly) and Julianne Hough never really sparks as rebellious minister’s daughter Ariel. But it all jigs along harmlessly, the big musical moments offer some excitement and there are some decent laughs via Miles Teller’s gawkward sidekick Willard.


Verdict
There have been far, far worse remakes out there. Harmless, feel-good fun.


Reviewed by James White

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A big city boy comes to a small Redneck town and ruffles some feathers - hardly original but then you wouldnt expect originality from an 80s remake. At times the modernisation (iPod use) sits uncomfortably with the 80s homage (playing classic 80s hits in a 2011 prom? Surely not, where's the dubstep blud?) but overall a timeless theme of how far parents and adults let minors do their own thing. - so a ban on dance wouldn't happen in the U but is not out of place in smalltown America (indeed is t... More

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