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In the opening scene of the rebooted musical Annie, we see a red-haired girl boring her classmates with a presentation, which ends with an old-school tap-dance flourish.
Cue the new Annie (Quvenzhane Wallis) who wakes from her bored stupor and heads to the front of the class to turn a presentation on FDR into a full-on, noise-filled participatory experience with vocal percussion.
The message from producers Will Smith and Jay-Z is clear. This new Annie is about to blow the old one away. But you know what they say about talking the talk.
Stuck between crossed purposes, the contemporized and urbanized reboot of Annie manages to fall short (or is it long?) for children and adult fans of musicals alike.
Musical fans will be turned off by a movie that overproduces the original’s most famous songs, filling the musical void with new numbers that might as well be called “Generic Contemporary Hit Radio Song #1, #2, etc.”
And kids? They’re expected to sit for two hours while a plot unfolds about popularity polls and chicanery in the New York mayoral political race.
The undeniable charisma of its star aside, the entire exercise reeks of meetings about how to turn a story from the 1920s into a straight-up famjam (Urban Dictionary: raucous family party).
Did this even need to be done? Small children don’t know whether something is old-fashioned. Animation styles aside, a modern Disney animated musical like Frozen, for example, is not dissimilar to one from the ‘40s or ‘50s.
In the reworked story of Annie, she is no longer an orphan. “I’m a foster kid!” she loudly proclaims whenever the O-word comes up – a foster kid under care of a drunken Miss Hannigan (Cameron Diaz) who is bitter because of her experiences as a member of C C Music Factory in the ‘90s. Her evil accomplice is no longer her brother, but a weasel political spin doctor named Guy (Bobby Cannavale), who works for a billionaire mayoral candidate named Will Stacks (Jamie Foxx, in what was originally the Daddy Warbucks role).
The feisty Annie comes and goes from Miss Hannigan’s brownstone, to do things like sit outside her long-missing parents’ favourite Italian restaurant every Friday, waiting for their return.
And she becomes a political pawn when Stacks saves her from a traffic accident, the video of which goes viral, setting the stage for his adopting her as the ultimate campaign prop.
Thus is the meandering rich-man’s redemption story set in motion. Except that Wallis’s scenes with Foxx do not have the smooth chemistry of her relationship with Stacks’ assistant and putative love interest Grace (Rose Byrne). One dance scene between Annie and Grace – celebrating the penthouse lifestyle of the rich and famous – is actually quite fun.
Wallis is a charmer, who manages to carry this mess when the camera is on her alone. Director Will Gluck (Friends with Benefits) does musical best when he’s not overdoing it. His treatment of Hard Knock Life uses found street percussion that actually enervates the song. The rest of the time, though, the song selection and its presentation seems out of his control.
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