Annie – Movie Review by Caroline Quinn
Director: Will Gluck
Writers: Will Gluck (screenplay), Aline Brosh McKenna (screenplay)
Stars: Quvenzhané Wallis, Cameron Diaz, Jamie Foxx
This is a modern interpretation of the well-known musical Annie. This tale of a lonely millionaire and some adorable orphans struggles to fit within a modern New York setting. Cameron Diaz plays Ms Hannigan the drunken foster house Mum, who has a room full of unhappy orphans living with her including Annie. She has no interest in the girls, other than the weekly pay cheque she receives for keeping them. The casting of Diaz in this comic role just does not work, as she falls around the house in a drunken distracted manner, bursting into song at far too many intervals.
The incredibly cute Quvenzhane Wallis plays a wonderful role as Annie, she is brilliant young actress who steals your heart. Her path crosses with millionaire Will Stacks played by Jamie Foxx, who is running for New York mayor. Stack is encouraged to maximise his profile by bringing the young foster girl to live with him at his penthouse apartment. However, in a modern world huge questions would be asked about an election candidate, bringing a young girl to live with him, but this is just part of the difficulty of translating the Annie story to a modern setting.
The beautiful Rose Byrne plays the part of Stacks personal assistant, who is kind and supportive to the young Annie. The plot follows Stacks election campaign and young Annie’s continuous search for her real parents.
Overall, it is disappointing and sugar sweet. The younger kids will enjoy the music, dancing and stay entertained, but it is a long two hours for the adults watching. One would have to say that some stories just should not be modernised, and are better left true to the era that they were intended.
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