I remember seeing this with my girlfriend at the cresent cinema in Pontefract way back in the summer of 1984.... now I feel old!
It's amazing how fast 28 years and a remake goes by, but has the film aged?
Of course it has, Footloose was a film built around a soundtrack, but then again so was Flashdance and Top Gun and even to some extent Beverly Hills Cop, Footloose and the likes was a product of it's time. Now looking back on the original the films cracks do show, for a film about the Kids right to party at times it's plodding and althogh the film opens up with the classic Kenny Loggins theme with the iconic footwork there's very little dance in it, but Bacon is excellent, Lori Singer is a bit like her chest (Flat) and John Lithgow is as always excellent, even Chris Penn is outstanding as you'll have to do a double take as in this he's young and slim it's a shame as Chris Penn was a underrated actor before he ballooned, exploded and sadly died.
But it's the nostalgia you watch this blast from the past for, as back then there was no Internet, Mobile Phones, we all had Sony walkmans and most of us danced really badly as it seemed we either did the Bruce Springsteen's "Dancin in the Dark" dance moves or boddy popped! Check out Bacons frustration dance in the abandoned mill, it's dimly lit due to the fact that the back flipping, cartwheeling body double looks nothing like him. But it all adds to the charm. Footloose is a bubblegum movie, it's great fix of cheesy guilty pleasure. 2011 brought us the "actually it's pretty good!" sequel that ironed out most of the creaks and gave it a slicker face-lift, but where the remake was much slicker, the original 1984 movie still has more heart.
Only one thing niggles me and back in 1984 the film had a PG certificate as I was only 13 when I saw it, so why the Certificate 15?
See if you like......
Pretty In Pink.
The Breakfast Club.
Beverly Hills Cop.