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Film Review: “Annie” (2014)


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When I first heard of the remake of 1982`s Annie, with charismatic Albert Finney, the dreadfully charming Carol Burnett, and Aileen Quinn as Annie, I felt happy, that we finally get to see another beautiful version of the film of our beloved little girl from a foster family with the dream to find her parents. But unfortunately what I see in the contemporary version of this classical film is not what I expected. And, I expected, if not more or less, at least a solid version of something we have all loved to see over and over again. The end result is that we get another very poor, forgettable, and disappointing version of an old masterpiece, which should never have been touched by those who don’t understand it’s meaning. Art as music is a good thing, and most certainly should be handled by those who know what they are doing.

As we all know, Annie lives in a foster family, and, like many other children, expects to be adopted. But until that long awaited time comes, Annie must deal with the annoying and harsh, Grace (Cameron Diaz), who appears more times drunk than she does sober.  However, good fortune turns its face towards Annie, when a multimillionaire, Will Stacks (Jamie Foxx), accidentally saves her life and grabs her before she is hit by an oncoming car. This turns out to be a good thing for both parties; for Will, who wants to be elected as the next mayor of New York City, and Annie, who will finally find a new home where she finally can be loved by her new parents.

Annie, directed by Will Gluck, opens with a promising scene, where we, as the audience, look forward to see more scenes just like it. However, for the next fifteen minutes or so, the point of the film fades away, leaving nothing but confusion, where some of the viewers will certainly ask themselves, “Are we still watching Annie, or has the film suddenly been changed to something else without our knowledge?”. Sadly, the entire film is made so that you can`t help but want to walk out of the theater; the whole idea of Annie was left in 1982, where it probably should have been left…

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Gluck`s Annie has many issues, and a few of them are sound, editing, and directing, not to mention the wasting of an incredible cast who were capable of turning this film into a classic.

The sound in the film is totally shocking, and makes us wonder how this film possibly obtained the approval to be released. Quvenzhané Wallis, who plays Annie, tries hard to be impressive as a modern version of a classical girl, but unfortunately, she could not convince me that she is the girl we all wanted to see as Annie. But Wallis can`t be blame for such a failure, only Gluck, who, as the director, should have noticed that his film had many issues right from the beginning, and that they needed to be fixed…

Jamie Foxx`s Will Stacks looks like a draft version, which needed more work to be developed into something big, but it seems nobody really paid enough attention to make this happen. In 1982`s version of Annie, there was an inexplicable connection between Albert Finney and Aileen Quinn, while Wallis and Foxx have nothing in common, not even a little sparkle between the two characters to make us believe that these two are meant to be a new family. I think only one person looks adorably charming, and likable, despite the bad character she plays, and this is Cameron Diaz, who seems the only one who works hard to make Annie look good for its loyal fans.

In conclusion, the idea of making Annie was quite brave, showed ingenuity, and is worthy of respect. But, unfortunately, watching it certainly is not worth our time, because, by not watching this film, we certainly miss nothing. There is nothing special that has been captured in the film, not even the dance scenes, or the chase scene when Annie is kidnapped. Annie had all the required ingredients needed to make a very sweet and delicious cake, but unfortunately, as soon as it goes into the oven our dream is burned and we once again realize that it`s better not to touch the untouchable if we don`t know how to make it better.

 

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About Ulkar Alakbarova (1120 Articles)
My name is Ulkar Alakbarova. A wonderful name, is it not? I come from the exotic land of Azerbaijan but now I live in the hub of Hollywood North – Toronto, Canada. How lucky I am to be able to enjoy and indulge in my favourite avocation of watching movies. Movies of every genre are screened here in Toronto. There are black and white classics, avant garde, independently produced, and of course, newly released movies for all to enjoy. Let me share this treasure of entertainment with you. Read my thoughts and opinions then let me know if you agree.

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