Friday, 7 October 2011

Footloose: Live in the UK and want to see it early AND for free this weekend? Then come in...

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Well here it is time to get Footloose as the remake prepares for a chorus of boos from those old enough to be attached to the original and who knows what from those young enough to either not know it’s a remake, or to give a monkey’s that is anyway.

There’s a whole bunch of preview screenings for this film on Sunday morning and some still available for Saturday morning too. Links at the end...

Original Movie poster

Now the problem is that the original is one of those films that was a big hit when it came out and hence holds a lot of nostalgic and sentimental value to millions of fans. However the film itself isn’t necessarily considered that great from a quality point of view. So does the remake add to the quality issues, critics and non fans, would have with the first film, and hence be a better film, a film that will be well reviewed, or will it just be the same film in a new setting? Same film, new setting will mean it is likely to be poorly received by the 80e generation as an inferior remake and without that mysterious driving force that made the original a hit, will it fade into obscurity and poor box office?

One of the drivers behind the original’s success is without a doubt the film’s soundtrack. It was huge, as an album it was number one in several countries (including a 10 week stretch in America) and spawned several top 10 and number 1 hits around the world, including the theme song, Let’s Hear it for The Boy & (eventually) Holding out for a Hero. Four of the songs from the original soundtrack have also been remade (another tirade is imminent I suspect) and you can see who is singing the new versions of those songs from the track listings of both albums below. There’s also a chance to hear snippets from the original version below.

Here’s a full track list for the new soundtrack

1. Footloose                                                Blake Shelton
2. Where The River Goes                            Zac Brown of Zac Brown Band
3. Little Lovin’                                             Lissie
4. Holding Out For A Hero                          Ella Mae Bowen
5. Let’s Hear It For The Boy                       Jana Kramer
6. So Sorry Mama                                       Whitney Duncan
7. Fake I.D.                                                 Big & Rich feat. Gretchen Wilson
8. Almost Paradise                                       Victoria Justice & Hunter Hayes
9. Walkin’ Blues                                           Cee Lo Green feat. Kenny Wayne Shepherd
10. Window Paine                                        The Smashing Pumpkins
11. Suicide Eyes                                            A Thousand Horses
12. Dance The Night Away                            David Banner

Original 1984 soundtrack

1. Footloose                                                   Kenny Loggins           
2. Let’s Hear It for the Boy                            Deniece Williams     
3. Almost Paradise                                         Mike Reno and Ann Wilson
4. Holding Out for a Hero                              Bonnie Tyler 
5. Dancing In the Sheets                                Shalamar       
6. I’m Free (Heaven Helps the Man)              Kenny Loggins           
7. Somebody’s Eyes                                      Karla Bonoff 
8. The Girl Gets Around                                 Sammy Hagar           
9. Never                                                        Moving Pictures

Have a listen and see what you think of the originals...

So are you holding out for a fantastic remake or trembling at fears of an inferior copy? Me I have no issues with remakes over the issues I have with any other films. No matter the source the film either needs to be good or it needs to be entertaining (they are not always the same thing)


“Writer/Director Craig Brewer ("Hustle & Flow," "Black Snake Moan") delivers a new take of the beloved 1984 classic film, "Footloose." Ren MacCormack (played by newcomer Kenny Wormald) is transplanted from Boston to the small southern town of Bomont where he experiences a heavy dose of culture shock. A few years prior, the community was rocked by a tragic accident that killed five teenagers after a night out and Bomont’s local councilmen and the beloved Reverend Shaw Moore (Dennis Quaid) responded by implementing ordinances that prohibit loud music and dancing. Not one to bow to the status quo, Ren challenges the ban, revitalizing the town and falling in love with the minister’s troubled daughter Ariel (Julianne Hough) in the process.”

Theatrical trailer for Footloose 2011...

Trailer for the original...

Free tickets...

Previews are:

Saturday morning at Odeon Cinemas:

Sunday morning at Vue cinemas:

Sunday at Odeon cinemas:

Sunday at Showcase, Empire and Apollo Cinemas:

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