Here's our final verdict on 'Footloose' remake
Boy, that photo of Ren and Ariel looks familiar. If I didn't know any better, I'd say it's a near-perfect frame grab from 1984's Footloose. Only with Kenny Wormald and Julianne Hough standing in for Kevin Bacon and Lori Singer. And that's a good sign of things to come, because '80s fans are going to find a lot to like in the 2011 remake, according to St. Petersburg Times movie critic Steve Persall.
"Footloose is fancy-free, an iconic movie's tribute that could stand on its own two, tapping feet," Persall writes in his official review. "Watch both versions back-to-back, and [director and co-writer Craig] Brewer's respect and skillful reworkings are clear. And when Ren dons that maroon tuxedo jacket and urges everyone to dance, try not to step on the person sitting next to you."
Are you curious about the differences between the two movies? Persall outlines them all right here.
Consider me sold. At least sold enough to buy a ticket this weekend.