Are you ready to have the time of your life? After 30 years since its original release, the three hour remake of Dirty Dancing will premiere tonight on ABC at 8 p.m.
But, can it fill the original’s dancing shoes?
Dirty Dancing is one of my favorite movies. Like so many others, I’ve watched it to the point of obsession, and have both the lines and the lyrics memorized. With that being said, I am a bit skeptical about the release of the remake. Like so many others, I must ask: will it be as good as the original?
It’s safe to say that no one can ever replace the original Baby and Johnny — none other than Patrick Swayze and Jennifer Grey. After watching the previews, though, I am hopeful that Abigail Breslin and Colt Prattes will be able to do the parts justice. The duo seem to have the chemistry that Grey and Swayze had three decades earlier, which is promising. Also joining the cast is Debra Messing who will play Marjorie Houseman, Modern Family’s Sarah Hyland, and Katey Segal will appear as cougar Vivian Pressman.
The previews also show many of the iconic scenes of the film — the lift in the final dance to (I’ve Had) the Time of My Life and of course the famous line, ‘nobody puts baby in a corner’ — which makes it promising.
But, who can have Dirty Dancing without its’ the soundtrack? With the remake bringing fresh faces into the mix, it also brings a remix to the iconic songs that many of us remember oh so fondly. While cast members will sing songs such as (I’ve Had) The Time of My Life and Fever, artists such as Grayson Chance and Lady Antebellum cover classics Hungry Eyes and Hey Baby. As I listen to the soundtrack, I am pleasantly surprised at the fresh takes these artists have on these familiar songs, which in turn gives me hope for the movie.
Without a doubt, I think that the remake will bring back the nostalgia of the original and pay tribute to a classic movie that we all know and love.