- RatedPG /GenreDrama, Musical
Rating: 1 / 5
‘Annie’ is a contemporary movie adaptation of a Broadway musical based on the popular Harold Gray comic strip, ‘Little Orphan Annie’.
Directed by Will Gluck and co-produced by Jay-Z and Will Smith, ‘Annie’ stars Academy Award nominee Quvenzhane Wallis as Annie, a young and happy child whose life is exactly all rainbows and sunshine.
Although abandoned by her parents as a baby, Annie is tough and brave enough to make her way on the streets of New York in this 21st century set-up.
It has been a hard-knock life with her alcoholic and mentally unsound foster mum, Miss Hannigan (Cameron Diaz), in Harlem, but tables are turned when Annie is saved by a tycoon, Will Stacks (Jamie Foxx), from an oncoming truck and the clip of the accident goes viral.
The telecommunications tycoon also happens to be a candidate for New York mayor and desperately needs to improve his election chances. Caving in to advice from his shrewd campaign manager, Guy (Bobby Cannavale), Will takes Annie under his care to boost his polls.
The chemistry between Wallis and Foxx melts hearts even if their relationship is not something to which audiences will be able to relate.
The gradual winning over of the emotionless tycoon by the perpetually cheery Annie is probably the best moment of the movie.
But sadly, even the adorable Wallis and oh-so-elegant Rose Byrne – who plays Will’s assistant – cannot save this pointless remake.
Do audiences really need another ‘Annie’? With numerous scenes breaking into auto-tuned singing and over-exaggerated dancing that lack emotions, they just make for a cringe-worthy viewing.
There is a lack of character development and the climax involving a kidnap is just too convenient, though young children may still find certain scenes funny.
Watch only if you have young ones in the family. They may latch on to the catchy tunes, and there are two from this show that qualify: ‘You’re Never Fully Dressed Without a Smile’ and ‘Opportunity’. Otherwise, wait for the cable release.
‘Annie’ is now showing in cinemas