Annie: The little orphan is back, with a twist
A reimagined classic story makes the perfect cheesy-night-out
When I’m stuck with a day, that’s grey, and lonely, I just stick out my chin, and grin, and say … that this movie was amazing. Going into a film like this, expectations are high, especially if you are a lover of that angelic red head who stole our hearts all those years ago. But thank goodness that Will and Jaida Smith, who produced the masterpiece, didn’t disappoint.
The differences between the classic Annie and this modern day twist go much further than what meets the eye: it more than just Annie not having red hair and instead being a gorgeous, Oscar nominated, African-American actress named Quvenzhane Wallis. Daddy Warbucks is named Will Stacks instead, is the owner of a mobile phone company and mayoral candidate played by Jamie Foxx.
The premise of the show remains the same, a little orphan steals the heart of the richest man in New York City, but the songs, dances and references are all very 2015.
Early in the movie, the classic rough orphan song “Hard-Knock life” will have you dancing in your seat, and if not, you’re boring. The orphans (or should I say foster kids, as the new Annie often reminds us) create quite the beautiful all-girl singing group sometimes accompanied by the always drunk Miss Hannigan, played by Cameron Diaz.
Without giving away too much, this movie has everything. A high-tech home owned by Will Stacks that Annie turns into her playground, an adorable dog that becomes Annie’s sidekick and the heartfelt journey of a young girl in search of her parents — the whole experience will tug at your heartstrings.
Although the film may seem a little childish, it will bring you back to your roots, and the things that the original Annie made us love about her. The movie also teaches important life lessons like don’t spit food on homeless men while you are running for Mayor, which may sound like an inside joke, but isn’t that all the more reason to go check out the movie?
Anyway, if you are looking for a way to pass the time, or just feel like seeing a movie that is easy to follow and leaves you feeling good, check out Annie. And remember, the sun will come out Tomorrow (unless it snows, again.)