ANNIE – review

ANNIE

 

Annie was a hot Broadway musical in 1977, a hit movie in 1982, and now a redone flick in 2014.  So how would this updated flick with a 2014 musical touch to it do?  Annie (Quvenzhane Wallis) who got the nominee for best – actress in 2012 in Beasts of the Southern Wild.  She brings her natural charm and great voice to the role of Annie. annie3

Not all has changed in this updated version.  We still have the same story that now takes place in present day New York, and not in the Great Depression.  Annie of course is an orphan where Hannigan (Cameron Diaz) is the foster mom who is making the girls all scrub floors and who is also an alcoholic.  Yes, Annie is still dreaming of meeting her real parents, but she has a crazy encounter with a rich business mogul now named Will Stacks (Jamie Foxx).  He ends up offering her a chance to live a posh life in a loving home. annie1

They have redone some of the old familiar tunes like Tomorrow and Hard Knock Life.  This is a great the music being redone really reaches the tweens or even a little younger.  My 10 year old daughter liked the original Annie, but loved this new up to date version. annie2

The best actor in Annie is Foxx.  He sounds great and he brings his charm like only he could play as the rich mogul.  Yes there is a little love story with his personal assistant (Rose Byrne).  Wallis is great as well, but I think Foxx outshines her a little bit.  Diaz is not good at all.  I wish they would have cast Jane Lynch as Hannigan. annie4

I grade Annie an A for Tweens, and a C+ for us adults.  It isn’t all bad, but I still love the 1982 Version.  I don’t think I can ever forget how America fell in love with the little Red Haired Annie when I was growing up.  I don’t think Wallis will have as much fan fare.

Tiffany Watts. 

 

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