by Sheryl Wall
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The new Annie movie is loosely based on the original Annie musical from the 1930s. In this version of the story, Annie is a girl in Foster care in New York City with three other girls. Their foster mom is Ms. Hannigan and is very similar in character from the original movie in 1982 but has a modern twist to it.
Annie goes to a restaurant every Friday night with hopes her parents will show up and they can be reunited. She has a note on a receipt from that restaurant that was left with a locket from her parents. She awaits every Friday but they never show up. Mr. Stacks, a billionaire and cell phone company owner is trying to run for Mayor but he has a very bad reputation that keeps getting worse. He tried to improve his reputation by serving at a homeless facility. He tries the mashed potatoes and ends up spitting them out in a homeless man’s face. This went viral on the internet and decreased his popularity even more. Annie ends up running into him and accidentally gets bumped in front of a van. Mr. Stacks pushes her out of the way just in time. This heroic act gets him some positive attention. Mr. Stacks ends up inviting Annie to stay with him for awhile. Annie knows it’s to improve his image but she is talked into it anyways. In the end Mr. Stacks and Annie learn to like each other and Mr. Stacks hopes to adopt Annie.
I wasn’t sure at first if I would like this new version of Annie or not. However, I think its one of my favorite movies I have seen this year so far. It was very creative how they included a brief appearance of someone playing the original Annie in the beginning scene. The music was really well done and it was creative how they made it fit the modern setting. It’s a fun movie that the whole family can enjoy. And when you watch it be sure not to miss the brief appearance by Michael J. Fox.
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