From the director that brought you Friends with Benefits and Fired Up! comes a modern take on an old classic, Annie. Yes, that same musical that we all grew up with and grew to love, only this time it takes more of a modern twist. Will Gluck is the director who has headed up a few TV Series such as The Michael J. Fox Show and a TV movie called Iceland. As is the tradition in our household, we went to see a movie the day after Christmas with the family and this was the one that was chosen. I have to admit I was a bit skeptical as I have been of the many remakes from my childhood. I have to tell you that I was pleasantly surprised, despite the bad reviews on Rotten Tomatoes and IMDB.
The storyline opens up with Annie, played by Quvenzhané Wallis, singing the same movie tunes that we heard in the original with a slight variation. Annie, instead of being in a orphanage, is being raised in a foster home. The foster mom, Mrs. Hannigan, was played by none other than Cameron Diaz. Annie enjoys company with her fellow foster sisters and they all join in singing the classic Hard Knock Life. I like how the director became creative with the cleaning scenes and made it different from the original movie, thus bringing new life to an old classic.
Annie is an escape artist that runs around the streets of NYC going to a corner store restaurant every Friday night to see if she can spot her real parents who left her half of a locket. During one of her many outings she runs into the famous dog, Sandy. Annie trips into the street on one of her outings and is saved by none other than, yes you guessed it, Will Stacks, played by Jamie Foxx. One of the many phones of New York snaps a pictures of the rescues and Mr. Stack’s campaign for Mayor is then elevated to a new level. Mr. Stacks takes the place of the wealthy Daddy Warbucks from the original and again the modern twist was adequate and welcomed. Stacks has a few people that surround him which convince him it would be best to win the race by having Annie come and stay with them. He reluctantly agrees and finds Annie to be a cheerful and great asset to his life.
Mr. Stacks helps Annie to find her long-lost parents, who, just as the original, were only in it for the money. After rescuing Annie from her captors Mr. Stacks wants to adopt Annie himself. After realizing that Annie was hurt that Mr. Stacks was only adopting her for the sake of his campaign, the run-of-the-mill family friendly movie trope of switching a character’s mind about the issue ensued, giving this film the
Annie, as stated before, was a great breath of fresh air into an old classic and I would recommend it for any audience both old and young. I felt it was a good family movie which is very rare nowadays.