Go see the Annie movie this weekend or at least some point over this Christmas holiday. It’s truly a gift for the whole family with a smart story, a soundtrack that will be all over school programs this year and acting that is worthy of winning awards. My family was invited to a pre-screening and we loved it.
Annie is a rare movie because it entertained my whole family (mom, dad, 2 & 6 year old boys) without resorting to cheap jokes to entertain the adults or silly puns or physical humor for the children. It’s cute enough that it would even be a great date movie or girlfriend’s night out movie. You need to go into the movie understanding that this is a 2014 version. It’s not a true remake of the original but an update to the original with only a few changes that make sense for the development of the new story.
One of the things that stood out to me is that Annie is a smart movie. You don’t have to suspend your intelligence to watch it. An example is even Stacks meeting Annie. In real life, how would a little foster child (she’s not an orphan!) meet a billionaire just walking down the street and have it captured on video? Shouldn’t he have tons of security and why would he walk anywhere? The movie does a good job of providing a transition that makes sense; not sure it’s the most accurate but it’s reasonable.
I loved the soundtrack. The classic songs are there but this is a remake and all of the songs are not the same. They very much fit 2014 New York City in a worthy way. The “Hard Knock Life” has a little more bass and percussion that the original. Here’s the revision of “You’re Never Fully Dressed Without a Smile.” It’s very different however I think it’s going to be perfect for the tween set of today who are serious about their music. I can totally see this being on Radio Disney or being sung in a school talent show.
Quvenzhane Wallis is so deserving of any award winning buzz. Quvenzhane and Jamie Foxx danced through the park together like they loved each other with a father/daughter bond. It was tenuous at first but the love shined through. Cameron Diaz was a despicable Ms. Hannigan. She wasn’t Carol Burnett but she was pretty annoying. The chemistry between all of the actors was amazing.
I’ve heard that critics have given it poor scores and I can’t see why. Critics must sit in golden theaters and critique things beyond the story, acting and the whole movie but I don’t get it. It makes no sense for the average family not to like it. Annie is a great movie. Again, it’s an updated revision, not a true remake. I would highly recommend that people go see it for yourselves. I promise it will not be the worst movie you see this year, even if you don’t love it like I did.