Annie is a young, happy foster kid who's also tough enough to make her way on the streets of New York in 2014. Originally left by her parents as a baby with the promise that they'd be back for her someday, it's been a hard knock life ever since with her mean foster mom Miss Hannigan. But everything's about to change when the hard-nosed tycoon and New York mayoral candidate Will Stacks—advised by his brilliant VP and his shrewd and scheming campaign advisor—makes a thinly-veiled campaign move and takes her in. Stacks believes he's her guardian angel, but Annie's self-assured nature and bright, sun-will-come-out-tomorrow outlook on life just might mean it's the other way around.
This modern day adaptation is a lovely family film with differences and upgrading from the original, whilst keeping in with the well known storyline
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Having not seen any of the other film adaptations of 'Annie' or indeed the stage show I was actually one of the few perhaps who could watch this film with an open mind without constantly thinking "oh they did this better in this version..." I found this modern 'Annie' to be a warm hearted film, one in which everyone breaks into song, yes, but for a reason.It's a simple story told well, and a lot of that credit goes to writer/director, Will Gluck, who controls all the important plot points/moments well.I enjoyed this film.
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When I first saw the previews for this film, I was far from interested. But when my curiosity got the best of me, I decided to give it a chance. Although I wasn't totally impressed, I do believe the film had its fair share of cute moments. You should know that this is nothing like the 1982 original. So if you're expecting the characters to be anything like Aileen Quinn, Albert Finney or Carol Burnett you will be extremely disappointed.Our new Annie is played by Hollywood newcomer Quvenzhane Wallis. As the lead, she is an admirable young girl with a perky attitude who helps those around her see the bright side of life. Annie lives in a Harlem apartment with her mean, snotty foster mother and four foster sisters. Hoping to reunite with her parents, she goes to an Italian restaurant called Domani where her parents abandoned her leaving behind a note. While rescuing a stray dog, Annie's life gradually changes for the better when Will Stacks a billionaire and mayoral candidate agrees to take her in to help further his chances of getting elected. Although not right away, Will eventually warms up to Annie and the two develop a strong bond.Quvenzhane Wallis is absolutely adorable as the lead. The movie is definitely worth watching for her performance alone. The four girls were cute at times but they don't have much to work with as far as screen time and dialogue. Cameron Diaz was far from believable as Miss Hannigan. She's no Carol Burnett but this is by far one of her worst performances ever. Jamie Foxx was goof and quite comical as the cocky, future mayor and cell phone mogul. Many of the scenes he shared with Wallis later on in the film are heartwarming and fun to watch. However, there are certain plot points that the film could've done without. The dancing scene between Bobby Cannavale and Cameron Diaz was just plain dumb. The singing was bad and it had nothing to do with the theme of the movie and therefore seemed pointless. The "auditioning parents" scene was just as bad. Auditioning random strangers to pretend to be Annie's parents was a horrible idea. Perhaps Mr. Gluck could've brought out the worst in Miss Diaz's character through better directing and dialogue. Not to mention the whole "I used to be a bright star"/member of C&C Music factory was a complete joke. I mean talk about unbelievable!!!!! Jamie Foxx, Rose Byrne,Bobby Cannavale, Cameron Diaz and David Zayas are all good actors. But they don't have much to work with to really shine. Aside from a few catchy tunes, cute kids and an impressionable lead actress, "Annie is good, but not great.
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Annie (2014): Dir: Will Gluck / Cast: Quvenzhane Wallis, Jamie Foxx, Cameron Diaz, Rose Byrne, Bobby Cannavale: Embarrassing remake of the 1982 family classic. This time the characters go through a race change and cast the talented yet hindered Quvenzhane Wallis as orphan Annie. She sings and dances, which annoys her ruthless caregiver, played by Cameron Diaz. When she is pulled from a possible hit by a car, she discovers her rescuer is a politician, played by Jamie Foxx, whose attempts at running for Mayor are drastically going wrong. Encouraged by his assistants, he uses the opportunity to build his popularity in the media until predictably he becomes attached to Annie. Viewers can see the ending coming from the first ten minutes but it is nauseating just to sit through several forgettable dance numbers. Will Gluck directed one good film, which is Easy A. With Friends With Benefits and Fired Up added with this musical sh*t storm, he manages to strike out. With dance numbers turning up out of no where viewers are left with colorful sets and empty headed writing. The cast is stranded with idiotic dialogue that makes everyone sound like a moron. Wallis sprung to fame in The Beasts of the Southern Wild, but here her charm fails to drown out the phony delivery. Foxx does what he can with the forced material. Diaz has the one good number called, "Who Am I" but her cruel nature grows over the top. Rose Byrnes plays Foxx's assistant and hinted romantic interest whose role has her as a tongue tied idiot. Bobby Cannavale overacts as Foxx's scheming political adviser. Result is an imbecilic musical mess that should be buried deep. Score: 2 / 10