In 1984 a director and a writer had a vision of a movie. They made a movie that spoke to a generation. It represented societal ‘white’ repression (no dancing, no rock and roll, no fun), Christian fanaticism and the inherent need for freedom of body movement. Because to live in a society where dancing is not allowed, is no society at all. It may as well be jail.
They made Footloose.
A movie that is over the top, ridiculous and utterly hilarious.
The movie was made in a different era. Before people found hilarity in the obvious. Before Seinfeld, before Family Guy, before South Park and before the Daily Show. When the original audience saw K-Bacon’s epic dance outbreak, they thought to themselves ‘wow, what a talented dancer’. What they did not see was the brilliant comedic scene that was portrayed right in front of them. What’s that all about?
Has anyone EVER found a warehouse that is that equipped for dancing/gymnastics? Nope, impossible. Plus his moves, smoking, drinking, flashbacks, kickflips and all around awesomeness wasn’t appreciated at it’s full capacity. It couldn’t have been. It was an epic dance movie and thought of only as a dance movie, when in reality it was so much more. Only now, with the deconstruction of media and the amazing power of comedic teams consisting of the likes of Will Ferrell, Tina Fey, John C. Reilly, Steve Carell, Paul Rudd, Amy Pollard and many others who bring awesomesaused-ridiculousness to the forefront that only now are audiences ready to fully appreciate comedic brilliance.
Footloose was a movie before it’s time, a movie before Family Guy parodies. Watching it now, it’s pretty apparent that when the director made this scene, he MUST have had the foresight to realize how hilarious people from the future would find it because there’s no way that a self respecting director would have directed and produced that scene with a straight face.
He must have sat back, watched it, toked something, smirked to himself and thought ‘Oh man, in 30 years, this will be hilarious’.
So, with the remake of Footloose coming to theatres in October. The director better have achieved the same quality of film. A film in which 30 years from now the current popular cartoon could easily make an amazing, hilarious parody. If they do not meet that quota, then unfortunately, this film will be a flub. Fingers Crossed.