Movie Review: Annie

Celebrity Sightings In New York City - September 25, 2013

Annie is an American musical comedy-drama film directed by Will Gluck and produced by Jay-Z and Will Smith. It stars Quvenzhané Wallis in the title role and Jamie Foxx in the role of Will Stacks, an update of Daddy Warbucks. It is a contemporary adaptation of the musical of the same name, which was in turn based upon the 1924 comic strip Little Orphan Annie by Harold Gray. The third film adaptation following Columbia Pictures’ 1982 theatrical film and Disney’s 1999 made-for-television film, it began production in August 2013 and was released on December 19, 2014. I enjoyed watching Annie because it was the classic in modern times. I feel that the younger kids were able to relate to the most recent one because of the relevance. Ten-year-old Annie Bennett is a foster child living in the pits of Harlem. She lives with the alcoholic and bitter Colleen Hannigan, who has taken in four other foster girls named Isabella, Tessie, Mia, and Pepper in order to receive money from the state. The foster mom was just so bitter because she didn’t make it into showbiz like she thought her looks would take her. Anyhow, Annie remained an optimist unlike the other girls. She believes her parents will one day return for her and imagines what they might be like (“Maybe”). The next morning, Hannigan (annoyed by the girls’ singing from the previous night) puts them to work cleaning up the apartment ahead of a visit from their social worker (“It’s the Hard-Knock Life”).
On the other side of the city, Will Stacks, cell phone mogul and billionaire, is running a disastrous campaign for mayor of New York City. His hotshot adviser Guy, his assistant Grace Farrell, and bodyguard Nash attempt to help him clean up his public image, but Stacks’ general dislike for people alienates him from would-be voters. Annie being a pet lover was chasing guys that were trying to harm a dog and she ran in front of a truck and saved by Mr. Stacks. It caught wind fire in the media. Mr. Stacks then moved Annie in and his life was changed forever. I would give this show a 3 out of 5.

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