Footloose (2011) – Review

Footloose2011Poster

I’ll be honest, I was biased when I pressed play.

I recorded it weeks ago, but with nothing else on TV, I decided to finally put it on.

Remakes in general drive me nuts, so I wasn’t too enthusiastic about this one – not to mention they removed the best part: Kevin Bacon!

From reading this review, you may think I’m some old fogey. No, I am almost 25 years old, and am honest enough to admit that I do not agree with the kids in this movie at all. Instead of my usual review format, I’ll just do bullet-points.

The Good

  • The acting. I didn’t know most of them (with the exception of Miles Teller, Dennis Quaid, and Andie MacDowell), but all of them played their roles well.
  • The dancing featured some of our favourite moves from the original, while incorporating modern actions.
  • They kept to the idea of the original, not trying to make it something different. After all, what makes movies like the original Footloose a great movie, is that it can be timeless.

The Bad

  • Rules make kids rebel – No, idiot kids do that just fine on their own. It’s like saying laws like ‘No Murder’ are responsible for people wanting to murder. Of course ‘no music’ is ridiculous, but indulging in underage sex, drugs, and alcohol aren’t intelligent decisions. Until we are ~25 years old, our brains are still forming, and the last part to form is the long-term effects of their actions. As adults it is our responsibility to ensure those still developing aren’t making the decisions they cannot make. If they think it’s unfair, tough luck.
  • Church and State – The world isn’t going to follow God and doesn’t believe in Him, but that doesn’t mean He’s not real. There is no real separation of church and state, God has laws and they are above all other laws. Most of the time, where do you think they got the laws?
  • Dancing in the Bible – Yes David and the worshippers danced, but no where in the Bible does it have them rubbing up against each other in a Holy way in celebration of God.
  • At every step of the movie they show how right the laws were. These kids didn’t want to do things the right way. When there was no law against music, they still acted like idiots. If they didn’t have alcohol and drugs, and didn’t let their dance movements lead to underage sex, then there wouldn’t be a problem.
  • Adults may play these roles in the movie, but the ages are 15/16/17 years old. They are children, not adults. They have barely been alive, and yet they think they know everything. News flash, they don’t.

I’m sure there are many more reasons I can name, but I’ll leave it there for now. Let me know what you thought of the movie.

To finish on a lighter note, here is the amazing Kevin Bacon doing his famous dance in 2014.

 

3 out of 5 stars

Once More, With Feeling!

So it’s been brought to my attention that Buffy the Vampire Slayer: Once More, With Feeling episode is now 14 years old!! I thought I would do a quick little blog post about it, because it truly is amazing television. *SPOILERS AHEAD*

For those of you that don’t know, Buffy the Vampire Slayer (1997-2003) is a show about a girl who has special abilities and fights vampires, demons, and all other monsters. In this particular episode, we are treated to a singing and dancing cast. With a dancing demon (“no, something isn’t right there”) bringing out all their unsaid words, the harmless spectacle turns deadly, as the power and emotion is too much to handle.

Screen Shot 2015-11-08 at 2.04.16 am

It was through a Facebook post by Whedonesque that alerted me to the milestone. I can’t believe it has really been that long. I remember like it was only yesterday. Being in Australia, we probably got it a year after America, but we had avoided spoilers (not really much internet then), and all sat up late to watch it.

I remember by mum warning us beforehand not to sing along, to which we aptly replied that they were original songs and we would have no idea what the lyrics were.

The episode was everything that it was hyped to be, and we even got to see a Buffy/Spike kiss. The singing was as-expected, with many of the cast already professional singers, and no one let the rest down. The songs, however, have definitely stood the test of time. Even now, whenever I feel inclined to sing (usually in the shower), Once More, With Feeling songs are always the first I think of.

If you haven’t seen it before, I highly recommend it. Oh, and while I’m at it, there is also a musical episode of Sanctuary (2008-2011) that does it in a very different, but still very cool way.