ANNIE (2014) – My rating: 9.5/10

AnnieI expected a good remake of Annie and I got one.  Jamie Foxx delivered a fantastic performance of Oliver “Daddy” Warbucks, renamed Will Stacks.  The real draw was Quvenzhané Wallis  who is absolutely adorable.  She plays Annie Bennett and is currently the youngest nominated Oscar candidate in the history of the Academy of Arts and Science.  She was nominated 2 years ago for “Beast of the Southern Wild”.  She was mesmerizing then and mesmerizing now.  She is talented and charismatic.  In Annie, Quvenzhané  sang and danced her way through scene after scene in search of her real parents, a slight twist from the original Annie.  Cameron Diaz also delivered a brilliant performance as the always drunken Miss Colleen Hannigan who is the foster parent responsible for a house filled with orphan children.  Foxx is a billionaire who is running for mayor of New York City.  Bobby Cannavale plays Guy, Stacks campaign adviser and Rose Byrne plays Grace, Stack’s love interest and personal assistant.  Original favorites like “It’s a Hard Knock Life” were performed to a tee.  I don’t think Quvenzhané Wallis is the best singer in the pack but I do believe she is the total package and will charm her way right into your hearts.  Nice job!

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