saw the movie and to be honest, it was alright. This will not be the highlight of my movie year but i was not totally bored and not annoyed to be watching it.
when watching this film I felt compelled to compare not only the actors from ther origional but also the characters themselves and in some cases some of the scenes themsleves.
Looking at the characters the main character difference is Reverend Moore. In the 1984 version, he seems at times to be more at odds with town. In the original he is only against dancing/music, but is extremely open to everything else. a good example of this is when the towns folks start burning books in the library. This is a very important scene as it shows that he has recognized that fascism is beginning to rare it's head in the town. After this scene he begins to change and because of all that happened up to this and the acting of John Lithgow, this change seems more natural. It is also important that his daughter see this change in him at this point which starts to recover their relationship . Because this aspect of the movie has been removed in the new film, Dennis Quaid has less to do and so his character suffers. How and ever, his opening speech "He's testing us" is very much more poignant in the new version. You feel his pain and you get an understanding as to why he has gone down the road he has.
His wife as played as Andie McDowell has bee reduced to a token part. In the original this character has more presence in the movie and the interaction between her and her husband are far superior to the remake.
When referring to the main characters "Wren and Ariel" I can only really sat this . Kevin bacon and Lori Singer are grand during the acting scenes where as during the dancing they are fine, where as Kenny Wormald and Julian Hough work best when dancing but not so when drama is required. This is especially apparent in the council scene. In the original film this is beautifully shot and acted, where as in the new version there is something missing. Some of the responsibility lies with the way it is setup and some some of it hangs on the shoulders of all the actors in it.
The other kids in the new film as characters do not fair well in the remake. They become even more background characters with just one exception. I preferred Miles Teller's version of Willard. I feel that there was real energy between him and Wormald and I would also be off the opinion that Wormald performs better when sharing the screen with him.
The townsfolk in the new film seem to have more screen time. the headmaster, judge and sherrif have way more scenes. The sheriff comes across as a complete bullying asshole.
But the Uncle's character is not only given more screen time he is also more on Wren's side which I liked alot.
I loved the confrontation between him and Reverend Moore
From a personal point of view I loved the references to the old bettle and i loved the fact that the tractors that appeared n the original chicken run also have cameo appearances in the new film.
The music is fine in both films, Because this is nearly a musical the sound track is very important.
Overall the new film is fine. it's not the worse thing you will see in the cinema.