By Sidney Swain
“Annie” is a 2014 remake of the famous Broadway musical that was made into a movie in 1982. It is the story of a happy-go-lucky orphan who is seeking a family of her own, though in the new film version, Annie lives in foster care rather than an orphanage.
In the film, Annie (Quvenzhané Wallis) was left by her parents at a young age with a promise of returning for her. She is left with a cruel foster mother, Mrs. Hannigan (Cameron Diaz), who makes living in her over-packed home miserable for the foster children there.
Annie is given a new start when a New York tycoon, Will Stacks (Jamie Foxx), takes her in hopes of enhancing his mayoral campaign. He slowly begins to love her bubbly personality and positive outlook, but Annie only has one dream in mind: for her parents to come back for her.
Fans of the original “Annie” will be disappointed because the acting, aside from Wallis and Foxx, seems tired. Diaz is too animated, trying to hard to be like the original Mrs. Hannigan. Instead of trying to be exactly like the old one, she should have focused more on putting her own twist on it.
The newest version of “Annie” includes classic songs from the original, such as “It’s a hard-knock life” and “Tomorrow” which are enjoyable, but there are also additional new numbers that are not entertaining nor enjoyable. The songs are rebooted with strong beats, and they’re more pop-inspired rather than Broadway style.
The best part of the film is watching Wallis on the screen. She is an adorable, talented little girl who really seems happy to be doing what she does. Her positive attitude and undeniable cuteness are worthy of attention.
The 2014 remake of “Annie” is slightly entertaining but mostly feels like another unnecessary Hollywood remake.