Fangirls, I love musicals more than anything. They’re my favorite type of entertainment; on the stage, through my earbuds, on my television, I want to experience them constantly. Since Christmas last year, I had been wanting to see the new version of Annie, starring Quvenzhané Wallis. When I rented it from iTunes to watch with my mum the other day, I was anything but disappointed.
This new movie follows almost the exact same story as the original Annie, with just a few minor tweaks here and there. Annie, a foster child (not orphan), goes to the same diner ever Friday evening to wait for her parents. One day, she runs into Will Stacks (Jamie Foxx) and almost gets hit by a van, but he saves her. His PR man realizes that this should be milked as much as possible to make Stacks a visually better candidate for mayor.
So Stacks becomes the new foster parent to Annie. He takes her to movie premiers, eat lobster, the whole nine yards. She experiences a much better life than she’s used to, but she keeps waiting for her parents to come back. When Stacks’ PR man finds out she’s still waiting for her real parents, he gets Ms Hannigan (Cameron Diaz) to help him out in the best con/PR move they could pull off; find Annie’s “real” parents, give Stacks the credit, win the election and get rid of Annie.
Luckily, halfway through the heist, Hannigan gets cold feet and tells Stacks that the parents aren’t really Annie’s, they’re random strangers. Stacks, Hannigan, and the foster girls all go on a helicopter search for Annie. They’re very lucky that they created social media for Annie; people across the city are tagging her, and the helicopter can follow the path.
Everyone gets reunited, and it’s a happy ending for everyone, which is huge in musicals. I definitely was drawn to this version of the movie because of the modernity of the music. I found that the modernization of the other aspects of the film really made it appeal to me and my mother. Towards the end of the movie, we find out that Annie is illiterate, and thinking back on it, there are some pretty obvious signs. But literacy is a huge problem, even in my tiny town. I think showing that Annie could make it through and learn to read, helps other people feel like they can too, and that’s so important.
Fangirls, if you haven’t seen the new version of Annie, you should really get on that. It’s a phenomenal adaptation of a classic, and I almost prefer Quvenzhané Wallis’ versions of Annie’s songs to the originals.
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