Annie ****


Run Time: 118 mins     Cert: PG
Synopsis: Jamie Foxx and Quvenzhané Wallis star in a quirky present day remake of the 1980 classic “Annie”.
Annie (Quvenzhane Wallis) is a 10 year old girl living in a New York foster home. Unhappy and hoping her parents will come and get her, Annie spends a lot of time wandering around the city. While doing this she is rescued from an oncoming truck by politician and business tycoon Will Stacks (Jamie Foxx). With encouragement from his staff, Stacks invites Annie to live with him on a temporary basis to boost his campaign.
The film is both entertaining and fun. Although it bears similarities to the original, there are differences that make the 2014 version more relatable to the present day viewer including the modernisation of the songs and the writers adding comedy to the story.
Quvenzhane Wallis is both likeable and comic as the lead character. She works well with other cast members and gives a good musical performance. Jamie Foxx and Rose Byrne also give enjoyable performances as likeable characters the viewer will root for. While Cameron Diaz is pleasant to watch, her version of Miss Hannigan is more comic and less intimidating than the original.
The soundtrack is enjoyable with the songs having been updated to appeal to younger viewers whilst remaining true to those featured in the 1980 version. There are also three new songs that have been written specifically for the movie. “Opportunity” in particular shows Quvenzhane’s vocal range while “The City’s Yours” gives a fun and upbeat view of a businessman’s fantasies.
Overall, “Annie” is a great remake that will appeal to the whole family.
Reviewed by Lesley Logan

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