Wednesday, February 4, 2015

Who Played It Best? Ren McCormick

Who Played It Best? Ren McCormick
"Footloose" was made into a movie when musicals on film didn't always happen. I am glad  that Hollywood hasn't fully grasped and oversold the idea just like they currently doing with superheroes and young adult novels, but they are happening a lot more frequently then they used to. I will say there were several great musicals-on-film before "Footloose" in 1984, but it was one of the films I remember vividly. Much like "Grease" in 1978, there was something about "Footloose" that felt like it was before its time. It is a movie that I admire a lot, but never one that I would have expected to ever get a remake. But hey, I could say that about several movies when I get down to it. Kevin Bacon played the lead, Ren McCormack in 1984, and mostly unknown Kenny Wormald played the character in 2011. So my question is, who played the character best?
My Two Cents
I kind of feel that the 2011 version of "Footloose" seemed a little too much like it was going through the motions. Though, I know "Footloose" has been around as a musical for many years, so I don't know if I can necessarily call the 2011 movie a remake. I suppose it just feels that way because it seems to borrow lots of inspiration and ideas from the 1984 film. I think the 1984 film really came into its own and it really felt like its own thing. It seems the 2011 remake borrowed so heavily from the 1984 film that it never fully embraced what made the musical so memorable. I am still pretty unfamiliar with Wormald's work as a whole, but I can tell his performance was a little too "Kevin Bacon-ish" to me. While I felt Kevin Bacon did a good job of putting a unique spin on the character of Ren McCormack. Therefore, the edge for me personally goes to Kevin Bacon.
Agree? Disagree? Sound off on the comment section below. You can also email me ( to vote for your favorite Ren McCormack portrayal. I am also going to set up a poll on my blog once again, so you can vote that way too. You have until next Wednesday to vote.
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