Written by Crafty on 28/11/2014
Earlier today, someone (the name of said person will remain anonymous) e-mailed me a private link to the newest rendition of the film Annie. This film is set to be released to cinemas on the 19th of December this year. Some already-known people who helped produce this film are Will Smith and Jay-Z (Jay-Z actually wrote a song called "Hard Knock Life" with the same lyrics as "Hard Knock Life" from the original Annie film). The film stars Jamie Foxx as Will Stacks and Quvenzhané Wallis as Annie. The twist on this version of the film is that, instead of having a red-headed Annie, the audience gets to see a young, African-American Annie.
Will Stacks is attempting to run for Mayor of New York City, while Annie lives in an orphanage with a cruel, alcoholic boss. One day, Stacks ends up accidentally saving Annie from being hit by a moving bus. Stacks' VP, Grace, advises him to take Annie in for a little while to boost up his election points. During that time, the two of them grow close to each other. On the other hand, Grace and Annie also get along very well. Grace admits to Annie that she has a crush on Stacks. Annie has a secret of her own: She is unable to read or write. She can only sign her name, and according to her, "that's the only thing you need to be able to do." It is during this time that Stacks speaks to Grace about permanently adopting Annie. A plan is devised and a fake mother and father "reclaim" Annie as their own. Stacks then makes the decision to get her back. After Stacks, Grace, and the NYPD successfully track down the fake parents, Stacks tells the news stations in a report that he is "stepping down [from the election] to take care of more important things" (a.k.a family). Stacks asks Grace out to dinner, and then picks up Annie. Stacks and Grace adopt Annie, and that's the film in a nutshell.
In my personal opinion, I'm positive that the general audience will love this film. I'm not the one to cry in a film, but I started crying when Stacks sang about losing Annie. I felt as if the emotional bond between Stacks and Annie became deeper as the film progressed. Another thing I loved is the character development of Ms. Hannigan in the duration of the film. At first, I hated her character, but now, I understand a bit more of why Ms. Hannigan turned out to be who she was at the beginning of the film. In closing, I have to give the writers, directors, actors and actresses, and producers an A+ on this film.
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