You’ve all seen the old movie Annie, right? The annoyingly happy, bright eyed, curly red haired orphan who sings about the sun coming out tomorrow? It was one of my favourite movies growing up. I remember watching it a lot growing up and I bought the DVD for my children when Celine was young it for a while it was one of her favourite movies. She still asks for it on occasion. The sequel where she goes to England was a bit of a flop but what do you expect when the movie gets made several years after and uses different characters.
The New Annie
Just before Christmas I heard that a new Annie was coming out and recently I got to watch it. Gone is the red haired orphan, replaced by a black curly mop. The orphanage is now a foster home with the foster mother played by none other than Cameron Diaz. The rich bald billionaire who interacts with President Roosevelt is now a wig wearing Smart Phone mogul attempting to become the next Mayor. Even the bad guys have changed. Instead of the no hope criminal bother Rooster & his dame hatching the plot to pretend to be Annie’s parents with the orphanage matron, it’s the campaign manager trying to tie up loose ends for the mayoral campaign by trying to get rid of Annie.
The movie is more modern and I suppose more interesting to the newer generations than the old Annie… though you couldn’t tell that by my children. Celine got bored halfway through. The spark that the original Annie had for holding your attention all the way through her adventures seems to be missing from the new one. Sure, the new movie has it’s moments, but it doesn’t draw the viewer in like the old movie did. It just doesn’t have the same magic.
While the new Annie is a pleasant movie to watch, I just can’t help feeling a little heart-sick for the old Annie.