Footloose bursts back on the big screen with fans unsure of change

By Lauren Jones

After hearing that the 1984 Footloose was remade, many refused to see it because some movies shouldn’t be touched.

However, those who hadn’t seen the original were pleasantly surprised. The film, starring Kenny Wormald, Julianne Hough and Dennis Quaid, is a feel-good movie, and many who have seen it agree that those not wanting to see it should give it a chance.

Footloose is the story of Ren McCormack (Wormald), a teen rebel from Boston who moves to the small town of Bomont to live with his aunt and uncle after his mother’s death. He quickly learns of the town’s strict laws; playing loud music and dancing is forbidden.

The laws were established by Bomont city councilman and Reverend Shaw Moore (Quaid), whose son and four other teenagers were killed in a car accident after a night of drinking, playing loud music and dancing.

Ren is frustrated by these rules but learns that he isn’t alone after meeting the reverend’s daughter.

Ariel (Hough) is a troubled teen whose only dream is to leave Bomont. With the help of his friends Willard (Miles Teller) and Rusty (Ziah Colon), Ren challenges the laws and moves that the  prohibiting of public dancing be


The acting is good and the movie is nearly identical to the original except for a few major parts (the scene where Ariel stands between two cars driving down a highway was cut), but many who have seen the first Footloose would agree that it just isn’t the same.

It’s hard to judge characters in the new film without comparing them to the original actors. And while Wormald does a good job portraying Ren, most would agree he’s no Kevin Bacon. The dancing was choreographed well, although the style has been adapted for this generation and may not appeal to those who love the original.

If you’ve never seen the 1984 Footloose, you may like the new version.

Sophomore education major Niata Owens said, “I liked the storyline of it, and I liked the ending. It wasn’t what I expected, but it was still a really good movie.”

Sophomore communication major Kent Franze was skeptical about seeing the film.

“I went in thinking it wasn’t going to be good and that it was going to be corny and shame the original, but I left with a positive outlook,” he said. “I was happy with the movie overall.”

After noting remakes that have been made this year, it seems the movie industry is running out of ideas. However, it’s no reason to write off a movie that may be better than you think.

 Owens said, “Even if you’ve seen the first one and think it’s better, you have to give the new movie a chance. You won’t know if you hate it or not until you see it.”

Author: The Bells Staff

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