Choreography makes ‘Footloose’ worth a watch
(Cert 12, 113 mins, Drama/Romance/Musical)
Ren McCormack (Kenny Wormald) arrives in the God-fearing town of Bomont three months after the deaths of five high school students on their way home from a dance.
As a knee-jerk reaction, local minister Reverend Moore (Dennis Quaid), whose son perished in the wreck, persuades the council to pass new laws imposing a 10pm curfew on minors and banning dancing within town limits.
Ren flouts these edicts, playing loud music in his car and attracting the attention of the local cops. Determined to swing his hips, come what may, Ren vows to revive dancing in Bomont with the help of his buddy Willard (Miles Teller), the Reverend’s daughter Ariel (Julianne Hough) and her gal pal Rusty (Ziah Colon).
Footloose follows the narrative arc of the 1984 classic, which immortalised Kevin Bacon as a teen rebel who unites the emotionally scarred youth of his hometown with the intoxicating power of boogie.
Opening to the infectious twangs and beat of the Kenny Loggins title track, director Craig Brewer’s remake doesn’t put a heel or toe out of place in the energetic dance sequences to funky re-workings of songs by Deniece Williams, Shalamar and Bonnie Tyler.
Choreographer Jamal Sims melds line dancing with hip hop and street, always harking back affectionately to iconic moments of the earlier version.
Wormald and Hough are both excellent movers and they stand out in the electrifying dance sequences including a rootin’ tootin’ hoedown.
It’s all predictable yet huge fun right down to Ariel whispering seductively, “You want to kiss me?” and Ren replying staunchly, “Some day.”
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