Footloose the 2011 version is the worst example of a movie remake I know of. The actors in the 2011 Footloose, Kenny Wormald and Julianne Hough, don’t have the screen presence of the originals, Kevin Bacon and Lori Singer. And don’t get me started on the dance numbers, line dancing and break dancing, please, couldn’t the producer do something more original. Kenny Wormald won the Gold Metal at the 2002 World Dance Competition for a tap dance number and that talent is wasted in this movie. The Angry Dance number in this new version looks more like a petulant boy blowing off steam than an angry rebel as danced by Kevin Bacon . Dennis Quaid and Andie MacDowell were sleep walking through their roles.
I'm not sure why the producer thought a remake was needed or that a remake would be better than the original. The movie falls flat in every catagory I can think of: acting, dance numbers (and really the dancing is why you want to see the movie), story line (watered down). And somehow the sets look cheaper.
My advice, if you want to see Footloose, and everyone should at least once, then see the original. The original is a classic, and the remake is, let’s just say, not. The original has a tension to it. The remake is flat and bland. So rent Footloose 1984 and have a wild, fun ride.