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Today I’m reviewing Annie.
A foster kid, who lives with her mean foster mom, sees her life change when business tycoon and New York mayoral candidate Will Stacks makes a thinly-veiled campaign move and takes her in.**
Annie brings out a nice twist to a classic. The musical numbers have a modern feel to them. You will enjoy every minute of the movie. Audience members of all ages will find themselves laughing and cheering for Annie.
I give this movie an 8.6 out of 10.
Check out down below for a spoiler review on Annie. You’ve been warned.
** Warning, Possible Spoilers!!!! **
- Quvenzhané Wallis and Jamie Foxx had a lot of great chemistry. They brought in some great scenes together and played to each other’s strengths. Annie was a smart leading lady. She called Will Stacks out on his fake ways. She broke down Stack’s barriers eventually and made a place for her in his heart.
- The supporting cast did a great job. They added to the dynamic of the story. They all didn’t feel wasted at all.
- The foster girls showed the audience Annie’s background. Their songs really connected the old with the new. The cleaning of the apartment was interesting and very innovative on their part.
- Ms. Hannigan was a multifaceted character. At first you can tell she was a person with demons and was kind at heart. She really didn’t want anything bad to happen to the kids but she had lost her way slightly. She added a bit of comedy to the story too.
- Nash even helped out with the progression of the story. He was the bridge between the main characters learning about Annie’s thoughts and wishes. Annie had a nice bond.
- Lou brought a bit of comedic relief. His character really liked Ms. Hannigan and played as Annie’s unofficial uncle.
- This movie did well in bringing in the old musical numbers and giving them a new feel. Expect to hear a lot of songs from the musical. Quvenzhané sang her butt off and she made a great impression. Opportunity was the best song of the movie. It brought out a lot of emotion and she gave the song such a great voice.
Some of the musical numbers felt a bit flat and didn’t fit into their surroundings properly. This is the only flaw I saw with this rendition of Annie. Everything clicked except for a few songs. The ones that came to mind was the plan between Guy and Hannigan. Their duet just seemed a bit weird and off a little. Another musical number that didn’t feel right was the Jamie Foxx solo in the helicopter. It was a bit random.
It would be a different movie if they added a greater villain to the movie. There were no real dangers for Annie except for close to the ending when the fake parents kidnapped her. All movies deserve a decent villain, someone the movie can despise a little. Ms. Hannigan wasn’t a big villain and Guy was just a little evil. They just made Annie’s journey slightly difficult but definitely bearable.
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