The original Footloose was released in 1984 and now, almost 30 years later, has been remade by director Craig Brewer.
Footloose tells the story of a boy, Ren McCormack, who moves from the big city of Chicago to the small town of Bomont. After the death of five local kids, multiple laws are passed restricting the teenagers of the town. Two laws passed made dancing illegal as well as playing and listening to any music that was not considered uplifting. It is a classic tale of teen rebellion and parental repression.
Even though the original movie and new movie are supposed to be the same, the new version had many changes to the underlying meaning of the original.
A large change that was made had to do with Ren’s mother. In the original, he and his mother moved to Bomont to live in his aunt’s house. In the new version, Ren’s mother dies of leukemia and that’s why he moves to Bomont. Having his mother die helps Ren relate to the townspeople and gives him the drive to challenge the ban on dancing.
The dancing in the 1984 version was very out of date, and I was surprised when the new movie had modern dance styles.
A pointless change in my opinion was that a change in location. In the original, Ren was from Chicago, but in the new version he was from Boston and has a subtle Yankee accent.
It’s definitely a chick flick, and by the end of the movie you’ll be yearning for a boy like Ren McCormack. So if you’re a guy and you’re thinking about seeing it or your girlfriend is trying to take you to see it, I suggest against it; it’s not worth your suffering.