- 1 hr 53 min
In 2011, the remake of "Footloose," directed by Craig Brewer, hit the theaters. The film stars Kenny Wormald as Ren McCormack, the new guy in town who loves to dance and Julianne Hough as Ariel Moore, the rebellious daughter of the town's reverend. Together, they lead the charge to bring back dancing and free expression to a small conservative town that has banned these activities. The film opens with Ren McCormack moving from Boston to a small town in the south, where he has to adjust to the different pace of life and the strict rules enforced by the town council. The council, led by Reverend Shaw Moore (Dennis Quaid), has banned dancing and loud music since a tragic accident involving five teens who died in a car crash leaving a dance party. Ren, a skilled dancer himself, struggles to fit in with the town's youth, who are mostly interested in hunting, fishing, and other traditional forms of entertainment. But he soon befriends Willard (Miles Teller), a local boy who is also struggling with the town's restrictions on dancing. Ren learns that the Reverend's daughter, Ariel, is the most passionate dancer in the town, and he starts to fall for her. Ariel and Ren team up to fight against the town council's ban on dancing and to win the right to express themselves. The story is upbeat and filled with '80s music that gets the audience out of their seats and dancing in the aisles. While the movie initially comes across as a charming teen love-story, it deals with much bigger themes, such as freedom of artistic expression, individualism, and youth rebellion. The cast delivers impressive performances, specifically Kenny Wormald as a charismatic and convincing Ren McCormack. Julianne Hough also stands out in her role as Ariel, displaying her excellent dancing skills and on-screen chemistry with Wormald. Ultimately, Footloose is a story of overcoming fear, embracing creativity and the joy dance can bring into oneâs life. Itâs about the importance of standing up for oneâs beliefs and fighting for what is right. The film is relatable even to those who may not have grown up in a small conservative town where dancing is prohibited. It reminds us that sometimes we must go against the norms to find our true selves and make a difference. Overall, "Footloose" (2011) is an energetic and heartwarming movie that will make you want to get up and dance. With great performances and a fantastic soundtrack, itâs a powerful reminder of the transformative power of music and dance.