Saturday, August 13, 2011

2nd trailer for "Footloose"

I would like to sincerely appologize to the young people of today, on behalf of my generation. See, at a certain point in the mid-1980s, my generation gave waaaaaaaaay more money than was necessary to a really, really silly movie called "Footloose" in which Kevin Bacon played a kid from The Big City who moves to a rural community and liberates it's oppressed youth by leading a charge against John Lithgow's evil preacher and his insidious ban on... dancing. Yes, fine, it was obviously 'freedom to dance' as an obvious ham-fisted sexual-liberation metaphor; still kind of a dopey premise.

But, because we made it a hit back when, this new remake is being inflicted upon you now. And for that... I am sorry...



Anybody wanna buy a pitch for a reboot of "RAD?" Cause I could probably bang that out in a weekend for the right price...

10 comments:

Nathan said...

Ok, I've gotten say this. While I enjoyed the metaphor of Footloose, though I never saw it, I don't see why they would remake it, non-monetarily speaking. This new version is gonna be hard to follow, anyway. This kid moves to a town where public dancing is illegal, but, high school seniors getting "on" with each other goes... unchecked, I guess? I don't think they've thought this through. Just looked at money figures from 80's era movies that were hits and said "Let's do that". Bob, I don't think our generation has anything to apologize for. I think Hollywood does. But, us? No.

Mads said...

well, if the trailer is anything to go by, the intent appears to be capturing the feel of a bygone era.

Glee and freaks&geeks appear to be strongly influential here, trying to at once recreate and reinvent the original movies dopey premise.

Maybe it's a nasty cashgrab, but tbh, if the dancing is awesome, and the dialogue and drama is fun and tense, I don't care. Sometimes the message is good enough that a repeat of something absolutely stale isn't so bad, when delivered well. Karate Kid, you got my respect, new and old alike.

Tim said...

Personally, I thought the original was crap. Maybe this stems from the fact that with few exceptions (Sonic Youth, Talking Heads, R.E.M., ect.) I can't stand 80s music. Especcially Kenny Loggins.

This new one also looks terrible but I doubt that it will do particularly well. I'm certainly not going to see it. I'm assuming all of you aren't either. Whatever. No harm, no foul.

Fett101 said...

I would find this movie far more entertaining if the ACLU had a part in the plot.

Shannon said...

So let me get this straight, MTV wouldn't acknowledge their 30th anniversary because they felt it wasn't "relevant" to their current audience, yet they're involved in a straight-faced remake of Footloose? That makes zero sense to me.

Sylocat said...

Sadly, there are actually fundamentalist sects that do forbid dancing among young people.

I'm just wondering how explicit they're going to make the sexual metaphors this time...

Samuel said...

It looks like they've done away with the 80's clothing/nostalgia/themes, and are certainly putting more of an emphasis on sexual liberation. Plus.

Why this is being produced by MTV is beyond me. Minus.

The gritty, rebellious look of the characters actually serves the plot better. Plus.

MTV trying to cash in on the despicable song/dance racket being perpetuated by too much of Hollywood today? Minus.

Overall it comes out even.

David said...

Craig Brewer should reeeeeaaaaalllllly know better...the last few years...I just don't know anymore. He's also signed on to write a Tarzan trilogy for Warner Bros. *sigh*

Ezenwa said...

Upon seeing the first trailer, I facepalmed all the way home. I sat through a high school rendition of the original, with my brother in it. Proud for brother, not for premise.

That said, this has fail, written all over it. And, yet, it will make millions. The youth of the nation disappoints me.

As for that "RAD" idea, Bob, if that gets done, then by defacto, you might have to do a cameo with the Nostalgia Critic, since he reviewed it...and Airborne (Seth Green looked like such a mook in that film)...and may be inclined to do the new one.

Footloose 2011 = fail!

David (The Pants) said...

But why though? The original being a money-making hit can't be the reason. Because this logic makes little sense.