Rated: PG for some mild language and rude humor. Reviewed by: Nina Release date: December 19, 2014 Released by: Columbia Pictures
I was pleasantly surprised with this happy, sunny Annie, it was an updated revisit with new, fresh faces but the same optimistic look at life that makes you smile and sing.
This young actress Quvenzhane Wallis is a joy to watch and listen to, she isn't overly dramatic or precocious, she is in her life and prepared to live it to the fullest even though she is in a bad situation. She is surrounded by friends that love her and come to her rescue in the end.
Jaime Foxx does a good job as the cranky business man forced to accept a child into his life by his business manager but comes around to the real reason why family is important when Annie is seemingly found by the family that abandoned her. She waits patiently each week at the location where she was left as a child and when a plot to trick her into leaving comes to light, the whole gang comes together using cellphones to help her.
All of the actors give great performances, Cameron Diaz as the mean house mother and Bobby Canavale as the crooked campaign manager are believable and Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje is great as the chauffeur driver. All of them are looking out for Annie and prove in the end to be her whole, big family.
It's not a black remake of Annie, it's a remake of Annie with some black actors that proves to be worth your while. It's a great movie for the kids, you will be singing that song all day! Remember the sun will come out and even if it's a hard knock life, you can still have an upbeat song to sing!