Yesterday, I braced the wind, rain and potential embarrassment as a twenty-nine year old guy on his own asking for a ticket for the movie release of ‘Annie‘ in a former textile town, whose heyday has long since been and gone. Just call me Gari Elliot eh?
You don’t have to look much further than your own perceptions to see that people are very hesitant to get on board with this re-imagining of the ‘classic’ story. Some sites, such as Rotten Tomatoes, sees the movie hovering around the 30% fresh mark.
I’ve always said that the biggest problem with ‘Annie‘ IS Annie. A mouthy little gobshite with an unrealistic view of the World, despite her claiming the ‘hard-knock life’.
In this adaptation, Quvenzhané Wallis plays Annie perfectly, and admittedly it’s incredibly hard not to get right behind her.
Dare I say it, but with Will Smith, Jada Pinkett-Smith and Jay-Z all on board behind the scenes, they’ve added some real authentic grit to the story.
Even the addition of Cameron Diaz as Miss Hannigan is nowhere near as ‘car-crash’ as you may have imagined. I love her new slant on the character and Jamie Foxx as Staxxs (Daddy Warbucks in ‘old money’) is both charming, believable and ‘current’.
A real ‘feel-good’ movie that is everything that the 1982 movie adaptation should’ve been. It’s self-satisfying without being ‘smug’, and a true urban-fairytale for the 21st Century, perhaps being held back by the shackles of perception based on the poor quality of what has gone before.
By no means is it anywhere near perfect, but hey, it’s Christmas, and sometimes I just wanna smile, dance and sing!