80’s a life of rebellion and dance

I decided I was going to watch the original Footloose move again, I have seen both versions and I really like them. This is a movie I could watch a million times and still enjoy it as much as the first time I ever saw it. The story is set in the 80’s but could still be realistic and prevalent today.

This movie shows some of the crazy ideas that became a part of the 80’s and beyond. Watching how the girls dress and their hair pinned back, and curly with their cardigans and skirts. The men had pin-stripped suits and these hideous hair cuts and glasses that look they only belong on your great-grandparents. They would have strange patterns that nowadays would be called too busy and not a good fashion statement. They are still using the type writer and they talk about bands that were popular in the 80’s like the Police even though they started making some music before the 80’s they hit their popularity in the 80’s.

The music that is forbidden in the movie is very 80’s and shows a jazz kind of tone I guess it would be called, or like electronic at least the beginnings. The characters are developing in a way that portrays some as “the bad guy” and other as good. They are listening to heavier music to show the bad boys and the rebellious ones versus the good girl and her calmer music because she is supposed to be a sweet church going, preacher’s daughter.

I decided to insert the final song and dance of the movie. While for this project I watched the original I have seen the 2011 version before and this mash up of the two final dances is something I couldn’t resist but insert. The reader gets to feel the energy of the dance and while their dancing is not really what is considered good dancing anymore, it was for the time and they had a ball. The connection to the newer song is the same theme song and just different dancing. The remix of the movie just shows how good the original was, but how dated it was to the 80’s. The dancing is personally my favorite part especially this final dance where everything worked out for Ren and Ariel dancing together, the actors make the reader feel the connection the two of them had.

According to the reading, The New Digital Storytelling: Creating Narratives with New Media stories are linear but the movie is different, partially linear but its goes back and forth to where the climax is at a few different times. Like the reading stated, good stories are ones that pull the attention of the reader and strive to keep the attention. For the movie, Footloose, they strive to get the attention by making music illegal because of a car crash that killed some students. The rebellious man character, Ren, is testing the law often by playing loud music in this town. With the reading it says that everything in a story is introduced for a reason and I think my job as a reader is to try and figure out what that reason is.

The youtube video we watched, Vonnegut on The Shape of Stories, showed me that stories can have twists and turns to keep the readers attention. This movie starts at a low when a city kid moves to the country town where things he isn’t used to are banned. The movie picks up when Ariel is dancing in the Drive-In and her daddy spots her when its illegal and he gets mad at her for it. That starts to build towards the 1st climax of the movie which is when in they go to the city council to change the laws in the town to have a dance. The 2nd climax in my opinion is at the end when they actually have to dance and its a big hit, and the viewer gets to see the two main characters start to fall in love. This movie is a good example of a up and down story line according to Vonnegut.

I have been trying to look at this movie objectively and it has been a challenge because I like the movie so much. I am trying to see the story line and the points in the movie as a reader sees it or presents it. I think I have done a good time at explaining how the reader views the story line and how the producers and actors choose to portray the movie scenes.

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