Annie was my favorite movie as a kid.
I watched it so much that I broke the VHS tape. Multiple times.
That goes for my soundtrack as well. Remember the age of the cassette tapes? (If you don't, go away.)
When I heard they were re-making Annie I was like, "Yay!"
But then I heard there would be...changes.
For instance, Annie would not have red hair.
There was no Daddy Warbucks.
And it was set in present day.
Still, I knew I'd have to give it a chance.
I took my kids to see it, and you know, it was still sweet. It still had the heart of the original.
But there were new songs added that made me go:
See, Daddy Warbucks is now Mr. Stacks, played by Jamie Foxx. He's still super rich...but he's just not...he doesn't sing the lovely songs Daddy Warbucks did. For instance, he started singing some song about New York while in a helicopter. It wasn't a good song either.
He also didn't say, "Let's all go to the movies," and buy out the theater. I was insulted.
Also, Miss Hannigan is played by Cameron Diaz. She actually did a good job--but no one can ever do as well as the Carol Burnett.
Also, Miss Hannigan was much meaner in the original:
There also was no ROOSTER in the new Annie:
("Name from the hotel!" "Room service.")
I'm sorry, but Tim Curry belongs in all films.
In the new Annie, there is no Punjab, and Punjab is the best:
I mean, he SAVED Annie with his HAT! I had a few nightmares as a child that someone would chase me up train tracks and try to make me fall from them.
Bottom line? The songs are better in the original.
The new Annie is still sweet and nice though.
Natalie says she gives the movie "a one hundred."
Tommy said the movie was pretty good, and you have to understand, he's 12 and doesn't like much outside of video games.
HOWEVER...they have yet to see the original.
I'll have to rectify that.
I mean, you can't beat singing with the PRESIDENT:
You just can't.