Footloose

“Footloose”, the 2011 version, was one of the best movies of the year. Rebekah Marcano, a junior, thought that is was, “mind blowing and amazing beyond belief.” “Footloose” was packed full of suspense, laughs, and a cute cast. “It was amazing,” said Julie Rodriguez, a sophomore. Although the majority of students seem to love the new version of the 1984 film, some would have to disagree. Amber Prather, a sophomore, is one of these students. “It was okay,” she states, “But the original is better.” The original Footloose, made in 1984, starred Kevin Bacon as Ren McCormack and Lori Singer as Ariel Moore. The movie takes place in Beaumont, a small town in the mountains, where Ren moves there with his mother from Chicago to live with his uncle. In Beaumont, a law against dancing, among other things, was created by Reverend Moose after a tragic car crash involving his son at a party. Yet by the end of the movies, Ren has helped abolish the law against dancing and throws a dance similar to prom at the local flour factory. There, Willard, Ren’s newfound friend, gets into a scuffle with Ariel’s ex-boyfriend and his gang. After Ren joins in. Him and Willard defeat the gang and go inside. The movie then ends with Ren and Ariel dancing to “Footloose,” the song. The 2011 remake of “Footloose” stars Kenny Wormald as Ren, and Julianne Hough as Ariel. In this version, Ren moves from Boston to live with his uncle after his mother dies of leukemia. The ban on dancing is the same as the original movie, and Ren has it removed. However, the prom is held at the cotton gin that Ren works at. The fight between Willard and Ren against Ariel’s ex and his gang also includes Rusty, Willard’s girlfriend, and Ariel. The owner of the cotton gin also steps in at the end to help end the fight. After this fight, they all go back inside and the movie ends with them dancing to “Footloose.”