Remake puts a new spin on “Annie”


Lexi Baumann, Staff Writer

In this reprise of the original Annie movie released in 1982, this current version of Annie is what it would be like to be a foster child in 2014.  Quvenzhane Wallis plays foster child Annie who was left in the care of Miss Hannigan, played by Cameron Diaz, when she was a child.  She hopes, along with her fellow foster children, that one day her parents will return for her and take her away from her not-so-great life. Her life begins to look up when business tycoon Will Stacks uses her for his campaign as he runs for Mayor of New York City. Stacks then realizes that Annie needs him more than he needs her.

I enjoyed listening to all of the music; it is a modern version, yet slightly different from the original.  It had all the favorites such as Hard Knock Life and Tomorrow, but with modern twists. Sia also had a new, original song on the movie soundtrack.

The actors in this movie portrayed their parts very well, acting as if they were the characters in the original film.  Although not very good at lip syncing, they are able to play their roles with a feel good attitude.  Jamie Foxx performs well as a mayoral candidate with a warm heart, and Quvenzhane Wallis does a great job of being the little orphan, who stole our hearts.

The cinematography was not the best; there were very few angles and little variety of lighting.  The director, Will Gluck, could have chosen a wider variety of camera angles and lighting.  Although there are little luls where the movie is somewhat dull, overall it is entertaining.

If upbeat, happy movies are what you’re looking for, then this is the movie to watch.  The movie is a delight, although different in many ways from the original musical.