Aren’t we supposed to be retirement age before the movie studios start remaking films we saw in high school? Footloose was one of the classics of my young adulthood, a simple little feel-good movie with an awesome (or so I thought then) soundtrack that we all played endlessly on our cassette decks. Plus, being teenagers, we could all relate to a plot involving boring, sticks-up-their-asses adults outlawing dancing. And we loved the idea of the movie teens banding together and rebelling against the punitive law. It’s a universal (and generational) theme.
Now there’s a new version, and even if I were inclined to check it out, the poster has put me off of it.
Remember the original?
A kid with his Sony Walkman clipped to his belt, dancing with abandon in a rural field. We could tell simply by looking at it that this was a film about misunderstood, lonely teens just like us.
Here’s the new one:
No loneliness there! Doesn’t appear to be much misunderstanding, either. Although, come to think of it, I am a little confused. Is this a film about dancing, or sex?
It’s so great to know that a quarter-century and one generation after the original film, women have attained completely equal social status and are no longer used merely as sex objects to support male leads.
(If you want to watch, here’s the trailer. Is it my failing memory or were there no exploding buses and giant fireballs in the original?)