Annie (2014) Movie Review

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Recommended Audience: Fans of Cameron Diaz , Jamie Foxx , Quvenzhané Wallis and musical, comedy movie fans

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Annie (2014) Movie Synopsis

Annie03-4Academy Award® nominee Quvenzhané Wallis (Beasts of the Southern Wild) stars as Annie, a young, happy foster kid who’s also tough enough to make her way on the streets of New York in 2014. Originally left by her parents as a baby with the promise that they’d be back for her someday, it’s been a hard knock life ever since with her mean foster mom Miss Hannigan (Cameron Diaz).
annie 2014But everything’s about to change when the hard-nosed tycoon and New York mayoral candidate Will Stacks (Jamie Foxx) – advised by his brilliant VP, Grace (Rose Byrne) and his shrewd and scheming campaign advisor, Guy (Bobby Cannavale) – makes a thinly-veiled campaign move and takes her in. Stacks believes he’s her guardian angel, but Annie’s self-assured nature and bright, sun-will-come-out-tomorrow outlook on life just might mean it’s the other way around.

Annie (2014) Viewer Rating: 3/5 ***

Annie (2014) Movie Review:

I heard from my movie partner, Rano from Brunei, that Annie was a remake from 1982 (Before I was born) and that the original Annie and Will Stacks were white instead. Those who have watched the original will most probably find this version not as good, so here’s my take, coming from someone who has never watched the original film!

Annie-4I was most surprised by the chemistry between Grace (Rose Byrne) and Annie (Quvenzhané Wallis) as the tenderness in Grace’s eyes, and the care she had for Annie, even when she’s just an employee next to Will Stacks. Their duet might not be the best in the world, but I love the happiness and interaction between them!

635543217346447901-ANNIE-MOVIE-68158520I won’t say that the interaction between Will Stacks (Jamie Foxx) and Annie (Quvenzhané Wallis) was bad, but somehow, there seems to be something lacking between them. It didn’t touch me as much as I thought it would, and I guess it was the lack of intimate or private moments that made it so.

annie2014 1Cameron Diaz as Miss Hannigan gave me a shock, as she reminded me of Glenn Close’s Cruella de Vil in 101 Dalmatians. It was horrifying to see her turn from Charlie’s Angels to Charlie’s Devil. I won’t really comment on her singing, for I can’t sing for nuts, but watching her as a mean and grumpy foster parent was painful.

Do You Know?

sandra CameronSandra Bullock was originally considered to play Miss Hannigan, but she declined the role, as she “hates musicals and vows to never star in one.” Cameron Diaz then signed on to replace Bullock.

178066422JN00004_2013_MTV_VThe film was originally envisioned by Will Smith as a star vehicle for his daughter Willow Smith; however, she had to drop out because she was too old to play Annie. Quvenzhané Wallis, just off her tremendous success with Beasts of the Southern Wild (2012), was chosen to replace Willow for Annie.

Although due to be released just before Christmas, the movie was released online 3 weeks early by hackers. They hacked Sony in protest against an upcoming movie about North Korea. This, along with 4 other movies released, is expected to cost Sony millions of dollars in lost revenue from ticket sales.

Behind The Scenes and Interviews

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Annie (2014) is out in cinemas on 18 December 2014.

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18 thoughts on “Annie (2014) Movie Review”

  1. I’ve read mixed reviews about the movie, but I still plan to see it anyway. The casting director took a risk to modernize the film. Some people are unhappy about that, but that’s life. Things do change. As always, I enjoy reading your pov. 🙂

  2. Annie looked like a lovely remake but the 3/5 rating kind of makes me think twice. Haha! I’d still watch it anyway though! 🙂

  3. Not sure if my first comment went through because it hanged at the submitting page. If it didn’t, I was saying that I usually love such musical ish genre of movies, but somehow this one has no form of attraction to me. And my first impression of the young girl was that she can pass off as will smith’s daughter!

  4. I didn’t know Will Smith visioned this project for his daughter, Willow, initially. Very interesting and little known facts about the movie. I love comedies and musicals, so I think that is my kind of movie!

  5. Alright! Where do I get a copy of this one? lol Awesome! Jamie foxx! Cameron!!! 🙂 Now I so want to watch this…

  6. This is interesting! I wonder if they will follow most of the scenes of the original one back in the 80’s. Anyway, I’m still gonna watch it.

  7. oh sandra, why must you decline such a role. i think it’s very interesting but i would have loved it more if it was sandra rather than cameron.

  8. Well, we have the same rating for it. Haha! I liked it more than I expected. I also have not seen the 1982 Annie, but the 1999 TV movie version is supposed to be better made. – Fred

  9. I don’t know if I had already seen the original movie of this one in 1982 for this is a remake of it. Anyhway, I’ve to see this remake movie for it’s interesting as a family event kind of movie.

  10. The movie that I’ve grown up with. My fave movie since i was a child and up to now everytime I watch this movie again and again it doesn’t STOP me to like it! I love they have another version of this, my kids will surely love this one.

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