December 19, 2014

Jamie Foxx and Quvenzhané Wallis in ANNIE.

Directed by: Will Gluck

Written by: Emma Thompson, Will Gluck, Aline Brosh McKenna

Cast: Quvenzhané Wallis, Jamie Foxx, Cameron Diaz, Bobby Cannavale, Rose Byrne, Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje, David Zayas

Rating: PG (for some mild language and rude humor)

Running Time: 118 minutes

Young children will like it. Teenagers will shun it. Adults will dismiss it. Critics will bash it. ANNIE, with its broad comedic performances–especially by Cameron Diaz and Bobby Cannavale–is a film geared towards a younger audience. That said, I’m not sure that was the filmmakers or even the studio’s intent, but that gives you an idea how far off this ANNIE rendition is from its source material. Quvenzhané Wallis does an okay job as Annie in this updated and re-imagined adaptation, but she lacks a certain “spark” that this character needs. Jamie Foxx’s character, Will Stacks (the new Daddy Warbucks), is, for the most part, reduced to caricature. The film’s music, which has been “updated”, seems more muddied than catchy.

Grade: C

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