I'm starting a new series called "Still Awesome?" where I take a look at things I used to think were awesome and reevaluate them from a modern perspective with the benefit of the wisdom I've gained over the years.
First up? *Footloose. I was 12 when Footloose came out. It was filmed in Utah. It was a big deal. It was, in a word, awesome. Is it still?
Yes. It is still awesome. Here's why:
All the shoes in this clip are currently in style again.
The soundtrack is mostly good.
Kevin Bacon still seems cool to me. 6 Degrees and shark skin jackets make him timeless.
Flat chests in tank tops are a nod to heroine chic which is a nod to the Kristen Stewart heroine chic revival which is totally au courant.
The cowboy's dance moves are quirky enough to be awesome in 2010 a la the zombie walk in Thriller (I'm guessing, here--but I think so.)
Church vs. Dance is sometimes archaic, sometimes relevant, but always hot.
That's my verdict--Still awesome? Yes.
*I am basing this entirely on the trailer. I haven't re-watched the movie. And I probably won't. But I would, because it's still awesome, as far as I'm concerned.