“The Sun Will Come Out Tomorrow”
I am a child of the 80’s so the 1982 film version of “ANNIE” was something I watched over and over and over again, until my VHS tape simply would not play anymore. That being said I had some reservations about the 2014 version. However, on a recent rainy day I found myself scanning through Netflix and saw that the movie had been released for home viewing. Being that my 3 year old daughter was familiar with the older version since mama has played it for her since she was 18 months old, I figured we’d make some popcorn and rent the video.
What is ANNIE about
Academy Award® nominee Quvenzhané Wallis (Beasts of the Southern Wild) stars as Annie, 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 (Cameron Diaz). But everything’s about to change when the hard-nosed tycoon and New York mayoral candidate Will Stacks (Jamie Foxx) – advised by his brilliant VP, Grace (Rose Byrne) and his shrewd and scheming campaign advisor, Guy (Bobby Cannavale) – 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.
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What we liked about ANNIE –
- The Music – While the songs are not exactly the same, they will still leave you humming along hours after the movie has ended. The newer version of the songs are more upbeat with a pop undertone that makes them more appealing to today’s youth. Throughout the movie there is background music of original ANNIE songs not fully included in the movie but to pay homage to where it all started-in 1977 on Broadway.
- The Actors – Quevenzhane’s portrayal of ANNIE is real and touching. Her constant belief that her parents are not gone for good and will one day return to take her home tugged at my heartstrings. Besides acting she can really dance as displayed in the hip hop routines. Jamie Foxx is funny and charming and even though he is the uber rich businessman meant to represent power and wealth, he still lets the viewer know that he too had a dream and worked his way to the top. Cameron Diaz is a bit over the top with her Miss Hannigan portrayal and at times a bit too dramatic, but she made us laugh and we were pleasantly surprised to hear she has a great singing voice.
- The Message -Though this movie has been refreshed as far as the scenery and words such as orphans now changed to foster children, the underlining message remains true. Everyone, no matter what age, race or religion needs to know that things do get better and tomorrow can bring a brighter day.
There were some parts of the movie that I felt should only be seen by older children. These all revolve around Miss Hannigan. While her drinking leads to funny antics it is her promiscuity that left me wanting to fast forward so my 3 year old did not begin to question her actions. She alludes to bedroom behavior a few times and that is why I would stick to a 10 and over age restriction.
ANNIE was enjoyable and entertaining. The dance numbers were cute, the songs catchy and it left both me and my daughter smiling.
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