Saturday, 15 October 2011

Dancing your blues away....

Having never seen the original Footloose I went along to the movie with no real expectations for the film other than I would hopefully feel chilled out after a stressful week.
The story is about a teenager (Ren McCormack played by Kenny Wormald) who moves to the town Bomont from Boston to live with his aunt and uncle after the death of his mum and finds himself fighting for the right to dance.
The storyline like other teenage angst movie has the same formula of teenage finds a cause to rebel for and rebellion ends in a happy ending... along the way there is romance and dancing. Having watched other dance based movie i had thought I would be astounded by dance routines, however I was sadly disappointed at the lack of dancing. Kenny has fantastic gymnastic moves in some scenes however some of the dance scenes doesn’t seem to have a smooth flow of movement and the music for someroutines doesn’t seem suit .
Unfortunately the highlight of the movie is not Ren’s character but his friend Willard (Miles Teller). Miles scenes steal the show as they are by far the best part of the movie with his funny quips ( and his hair trigger tendency to start fights) and attempts at learning how to dance.
Dennis Quaid and Andie MacDowell were wasted in the characters that they played. I felt Andie had no place in the movie nor was utilised to flesh out the character of a bereaved mother which was a real shame.
The storyline was blighted i think by the fact of how could a town in the 21 century really be allowed to pass laws to ban music and dance... slightly far fetched in its possibity of it really ever happening.
If you are looking for a gritty and fast moving thriller and action like tinker talior spy, this isn’t it. However if you want something that won’t strain your brain and leave you with a chilled out feeling, this will do as a something I like to call a Sunday filler.

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