AnnieThe children and I finally made it to the cinema to watch the remake of Annie. Annie is an updated version of the classic stage and movie musical. Set in modern-day New York and starring Quvenzhané Wallis (Beasts of the Southern Wild),
I was pleasantly surprised to find that the new “Annie” is full of fun and the children enjoyed the modern twist of the story and I have to give the film a full-hearted recommendation for families with children.
The new “Annie” cleverly resets the story in present-day Manhattan rather than 1930s so the children related to it really well especially my son. Quvanzhane Wallis (who was Oscar-nominated for her 2013 debut role in “Beasts of the Southern Wild”) and Jamie Foxx as Stacks gave a believable performance.
In the new movie, Annie isn’t actually an orphan, but rather was abandoned as a baby by her parents outside an Italian restaurant. She’s still under the care of a Miss Hannigan (Cameron Diaz), who now ‘look after’ young girls in her apartment as a scheming foster parent. She is in for the money and does not care about the children.
Annie gets to know Stack when he pulls her out of the way of a speeding truck, saving her life, and his heroic action goes viral after being caught on a cellphone camera.
The plot is simple, and it stays that way since the focus is on the music and a child’s sense of wonder at getting to experience life in New York both as being less fortunate and fortunate! For kids, it’s the music and the lively thoughtful Annie, but there’s plenty of fun and cheeky humour that probably only adults can make sense of.
It is a great family movie and the kids and I enjoyed it a lot.