Did we need a new version of "Footloose"? Probably not. But not needing a second piece of birthday cake doesn’t make it any less delicious.
Director Craig Brewer ("Hustle & Flow," "Black Snake Moan") gives away his strategy right away, as we hear the familiar mm-cha-mm-mm-cha beat of the Kenny Loggins title song — the original version, not a cover — as the Paramount logo fills the screen.
Clearly, Brewer has come to praise "Footloose," not to bury it, and so he leaves Dean Pitchford’s screenplay more or less intact.
The result is one of the more pleasant surprises of 2011 — this new "Footloose" is as cornball as the original, but it’s also just as exuberantly entertaining.
The basic structure remains the same: A group of teenagers die in a car accident after a boozy party (merely referenced in the original film, we see the incident unfold this time around), and the small town of Bomont responds by enforcing a teen curfew, banning public dancing, and generally buzz-killing adolescent life. Into all this comes outsider Ren MacCormack (Kenny Wormald), who shakes up the local high-schoolers with his spiky hair and his scorching dance moves. Read More...