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Not good,not bad,just kinda average
I was able to catch an early promotional screening of the remake of Footloose on August 25th in San Diego. When I got my pass to it,I finally decided to watch the original Footloose for the first time,which I really enjoyed. A remake of this film sounded so pointless,especially of its MTV-esque "Step Up" vibe it added to appeal to this generation,but I must say that I didn't hate this film as much as I thought I would.
Instead of coming from Chicago,the new Ren McCormack (Kenny Wormald) arrives in Bomont,GA,to live with his aunt and uncle's family. However,he arrives in a town that has outlawed loud music and dancing due to the deaths of five high school students in a car accident that mixed together alcohol and loud music. He decides to start a rebellion against the town's preacher Reverend Moore (Dennis Quaid) to abolish the law in time for the senior dance. Basically,if you have seen the original film,you pretty much already know the main plot but since this is a remake and the fact that it's set in the south,it sets up a new town culture along with modern music.
I expected Kenny Wormald to suck the life out the character of Ren McCormack, but he surprisingly did a halfway-decent job. However,he is definitely no Kevin Bacon! Julianne Hough on the other hand,I thought did a better job that Lori Singer playing Ariel Moore. She looked more believable as a high school student than Lori Singer did in the original,and she never took the role too seriously. Dennis Quaid also did a decent job as the new Reverend Moore,but maybe he had to step it up when his agent told him you're going to have to match the way The Trinity Killer played him 27 years ago (Dexter FTW). Otherwise,everyone else was very average in their performances,especially Andie Macdowell whose portrayal of Vi Moore was treated as a neglected aspect in this version.
Director Craig Brewer did a pretty good job at staying true to the original film,but his Southern grit style that has been present in has past films Hustle & Flow and Black Snake Moan is one thing that brings this movie down. The southern culture is very evident throughout the film,but there are points where it makes it a bit too annoying. The dance choreography was pretty good,but there are two scenes involving a rap song being played that that really killed the vibe in comparison to the original film. However,I think that Brewer did a good job with 3 scenes in particular: the opening credits scene,the "Teaching Willard to dance" scene,and the ending dance number even though there's a new version of the Footloose song played for modern audiences only.
Overall,the Footloose remake is not as bad as I thought it would be,but at the same time,I found it quite useless to remake an 80s classic that starred one of my favorite actors Kevin Bacon. This generation's MTV fans and Step Up franchise fanatics will enjoy it a lot,but I have a strong feeling that fans of the original will pass it off as a useless remake,despite it staying mostly true to the 80s classic.
Mr. Popper's Penguins (2011)
Jim Carrey saves this film from being a total disaster
On Saturday, I had the honor of attending an advanced screening of Mr. Popper's Penguins. Now I have never read the book in my life, but I am aware that the film is an extremely loose, contemporary adaptation with a setting in the present day rather than the 1930s in the book. So if you're a die-hard fan of the classic book, avoid this movie because they made so many changes to this new setting, it's insane. I am a Jim Carrey fan as well, which was the main reason I went to this film, but don't kill me for saying that I still have not seen Liar Liar, Ace Ventura, and The Mask yet. But those three are still on my watch list, though.
Jim Carrey plays Tom Popper, a successful New York City businessman who has put almost all of his life into his work life instead of family. One day he gets a phone call saying that his father has died, but he left him a gift behind. That gift is six gentoo penguins, and these penguins are going to help him realize that he has shunned out almost every opportunity he's had in life to appreciate the beauty you can experience if you take the time to do so. Once the penguins are brought into the public eye, though, Popper has to contend with a stern zoo keeper (Clark Gregg) who wants the penguins because he believes that Popper's house is not well-suited to take care of all of them.
Jim Carrey definitely carries this movie and saves it from being a complete disaster. His physical slapstick that has become well known in almost his whole career translates in a good enough manner to provide so decent moments of comedy. He may be very grounded in his limits for what he can and can't do, but watching Carrey go crazy on screen is always good enough for me. The supporting cast's performances are really nothing special, but it was pretty cool to see Clark Gregg go on the villain side for once, when he's not playing SHIELD Agent Phil Coulson in the MARVEL films building up to The Avengers. However, the penguins I believe are the weakest part of the film. The jokes involving the penguins are heavily centered on young children and parents who like to see their kids laugh. I'm 17 so I thought most of the jokes were very juvenile at some times, especially a running joke they carry on with one of the penguins who goes by the name of Stinky. In addition, you'll be able to tell in every scene involving the penguins when they're real or CGI, especially in the final climactic sequence of the film.
Overall, if you've seen the trailers to this film, you pretty much know what you're going to get out it. This movie could have been a Razzie nominee in several categories, but Jim Carrey is there to save it from going in that direction. I can say that I mildly enjoyed most of this movie, but I'll probably forget sometime this week.