I have to admit, I have about as much enthusiasm for the new Annie as I did for the old Annie, which is to say that it ranks somewhere between rearranging my sock draw by colour and going shopping for Venetian blinds. I am a decent enough fan of just about everybody involved in this 21st century upgrade to the well known orphan musical, but this is just not enough to overcome my lack of interest in the source material.
There are a few funny moments in this second full trailer for Will “Easy A” Gluck’s remake that make me slightly reconsider my position, but then the overly-cute precocious kid act kicks in and suddenly I’m trying to figure out whether maroon legwarmers should come before red ankle-socks.
A Broadway classic that has delighted audiences for generations comes to the big screen with a new, contemporary vision in Columbia Pictures’ comedy, “Annie.” Academy 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). But 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 stars Jamie Foxx, Quvenzhané Wallis, Rose Byrne, Cameron Diaz, Bobby Cannavale, Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje and David Zayas, and will be knocking hard on life from December 19, 2014.
Last Updated: May 30, 2014