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Film Review: Annie

Written by Christine Eccelston

[Warning: Movie Spoilers]

A Will & Jada Pinkett Smith, Shawn “JAY Z” Carter, Laurence “Jay” Brown, James Lassiter and Tyran “Ty Ty” Smith production with a modern re-telling that captures the magic of the classic characters and original show that won seven Tony Awards.

Directed by: Will Gluck
annie-film“Get up and out of bed, you gotta clean this whole place up!”

From the 1977 broadway production to two adapted movie productions, 2014 introduces the new Annie. This adorable new star Quevenzhane Wallis, who made her debut in 2012 movie “Beasts of the Southern Wild”, plays the modernised 10 year old Annie. This movie is packed with energy and will have you crying tears of joy but still maintaining elements of compassion, as Annie continues her journey to find her biological parents. Her heart melting voice in songs like “Maybe” and “The City’s Yours” (with Jamie Foxx) really tugs on our heart strings reaching out to both members of the younger and older audience. You can only feel anything but sympathy towards her with the hope that she will find her real parents.

It’s truly a hard knock life for Annie, but it doesn’t take long for things to turn around.

“My maiden name’s Ms Hannigan, but I’m not married to it; if you know what I mean?”

Meanwhile, she’s stuck in a foster home with none other than Cameron Diaz (Ms Hannigan), a washed up performer- turned- alcoholic; struggling to understand how she managed to hit rock Cameron-Diaz_anniebottom with the baggage of 5 kids in her apartment. I mean it’s obvious the only reason she tolerates them is because she receives over $300 from the state per week. But now it’s all starting to set in… that she has to look after a bunch of poor kids! So her resentment for the job often drives her to take the anger of her failed career out on them.

Despite this horrible character, the modern day adaptation of “Little Girls” along with the contemporary choreography twist, we really see Cameron Diaz in a different light. I mean, who knew she could sing, or dance for that matter? It was really fun to see Cameron this way, breaking out in song and dance every so often. I will say, I don’t think she’s the best singer, but she can still carry a tune.

“God has a path for us all; your path should be away from my car”

Will Stacks (Jamie Foxx) is a billionaire, mayoral campaigner who is also running a phone battery company. He’s conceited germa-phobe behaviour along with his smug tone of voice is very hard to love in the beginning. His hot shot advisor Guy (Bobby Cannavale) pretty much says anything Mr Stacks wants to hear. After all that is what he’s being paid for, right! We also have his assistant Annie_foxx_wallisGrace Farrell (Rose Byrne), who is somewhat afraid of Mr Stacks but with that being said we can see she has a very attractive feminine charm which does have an inevitable effect on Mr Stacks. Finally we have the driver/ bodyguard Nash (Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje). All of whom attempt to clean up Mr Stacks public image, but his general dislike for people alienates him from potential voters.

But when Annie is rescued by Mr Stacks from being hit by a car, a video of the heroic act goes viral and boosts Mr Stacks votes. He then arranges many public outings with her, for his image of course, but assistant Grace and Driver Nash soon grow to love the charismatic little girl. When Mr Stacks adopts Annie it brings them all that little bit closer. Except for Guy of course. Not realising that Mr Stacks actually cares for this child and his pursuit to adopt her was not just for publicity; Guy arranges a stunt and hires two adults to pretend to be Annie’s parents. Of course with the help of Ms Hannigan, who seizes any opportunity to make extra money, the plan is in action.

“Woah, my hair is gigantic”

With intense scenes and the inevitable emotional outcome Director Will Glucks remake of the classic Annie Movie is utterly awesome! As far as I am concerned, so there!

With all the sequences of singing, dancing, romance and drama, how could you not love this movie? With the present day reality of today’s society mixed with comedy, even if you haven’t seen the original Annie, this 2014 version is definitely an entertaining film that you can take the family to watch; and like they say, you’re never fully dressed without a smile!

This movie will have you smiling all the way through!















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