Annie, Annie, Annie… the movie that was popularly known for its heartwarming story and the song, “Tomorrow.” Will the sun shine brightly at the remake of the movie “Annie”? Read on for further details.
The movie revolves around the story of Annie (played by Quvenzhane Wallis), a foster kid whose life changes when she encounters Will Stacks (Jamie Foxx), a cell phone tycoon who’s running as the mayor of New York.
Annie lives in a foster apartment run by Colleen Hannigan (Cameron Diaz), a failed backup singer who’s drowning in her sorrows. Annie races through the streets for her dog, Sandy, and she chances upon Stacks as he saves her from an oncoming car. A video of Stacks’ rescue goes viral, and his campaign manager Guy (Bobby Cannavale) immediately arranges for a photo session with Annie in hopes of improving Stacks’ likeability.
Annie moves into Stacks’ vast apartment in an attempt of further improving Stacks’ stand in the political race. Their stay and bond together give Annie the chance to warm Stacks’ heart and know the importance of family and love.
“The ANNIE Remake is Bad, but Not Nearly as Bad as You Think,” reviewed Matt Tamanini of Broadway World.
“The sun’ll come out tomorrow, by which time this toxic mess should be forgotten,” said David Rooney of The Hollywood Reporter.
In the case of movie remakes, one can’t help but compare the remake with that of the original; and in this case, the original “Annie” still fares better than the modern remake of this classic hit. Of course it’s pretty understandable if Will Gluck (director) aims to have the movie reach out to its audience by tweaking some parts of the movie and making it more relatable to the social-media age. Such change can be noticed in the role of Oliver, who was popularly known as Daddy Warbucks. In the remake of the film, Warbucks is no longer a business tycoon, but he’s now Will Stacks (Jamie Foxx), a self-made cell phone tycoon who’s aiming to win as Mayor of New York. Red-haired Annie with her jumper is already afro’d Annie in her tutu skirt or floral leggings.
“Wallis conveys the energy and perkiness of her character convincingly and charmingly, but lacks even a hint of desperation that lies behind the belted-out deferral of ‘Tomorrow,’” described Ronnie Scheib of Variety.
Jamie Foxx is described by Matt Tamanini as “the musical bright spot in the movie.” For Diaz, however, she was “the leader in the clubhouse for this year’s Razzie for Worst Supporting Actress.”
“Annie” scored 21 percent on Rotten Tomatoes’ Tomatometer with an average rating of 3.5 out of 10.
The movie will be released on Dec. 19, 2014.
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Director: Will Gluck
Screenwriters: Will Gluck, Aline Brosh McKenna
Based on the stage play by Thomas Meehan
Cast: Jamie Foxx, Quvenzhane Wallis, Cameron Diaz, Bobby Cannavale, Rose Byrne, Milas Kunis, Ashton Kutcher, Zoe Margaret Colletti
Runtime: 118 min.