An entertaining trifle of a movie with an intriguingly rebellious premise with anti-authoritarian undertones. While it never fulfills the promise or potential of its story, it ends up regressing to conform to its antagonists' values, the film is appealingly buoyant & free-spirited; especially in its star-making performance by Bacon. Imagining Michael Cimino's version is perhaps one of the great 'what-if's in cinema.
Sometimes you just have to dance even if you're not allowed to. Whilst I quite enjoyed the lively 80s soundtrack I found the story itself to be a bit flat, predictable, and boring. There could have been a better ending as well as I felt that it left a couple of loose ends.
I love Bacon in this, his school haircut, his 'too cool for school' attitude, and those UNREASONABLY GOOD MOVES had me in a sweat of excitement throughout. But that girl was too daft for words and I spent most of the film wishing she had got hit by that truck/train.
After finally seeing Footloose from beginning to end I easily could've gone another 30 years without doing so. Exemplifying everything that was awful about the 80s, Footloose comes off as little more than a dollar-store Rebel Without a Cause (a game of chicken with tractors?) that makes even less sense. As lame as most of the dancing was, it was actually the movie's highlight. That and there's a remake out there...