How Well Did Annie Do?
By: Jenee M. Wiggins
The new movie Annie has been remade for the third time! The 2014 Annie made $5,289,149 opening night and was nominated for four Golden Globe Awards. Full of family fun, the movie features an award-winning cast: Jamie Foxx, Cameron Diaz, and Quvenzhane Wallis. In addition to the cast, it also includes music from the original movie and current Broadway production. For many, this movie seemed a better hit than the original 1982 production, which featured a Caucasian cast while the 2014 version changed it up by adding an African American twist as well as a love story between Mr. Stacks (Jamie Foxx) and his assistant (Rose Byrne). However, you will still see the same plot, many of the same songs–”It’s a Hard Knock Life” and “Tomorrow,” the evil Mrs. Hannigan (Cameron Diaz), and even Annie’s dog Sandy.
In a poll of students and teachers at Knightdale High School on how they liked the new Annie, 33% of people that have seen the new movie said that it was just an ok movie, rather than 9.4% who thought it was a bad movie. When comparing the original movie and the new, 28% thought that the original was better than the new Annie, and 25% thought that the new Annie was better than the original. So the saying that the original will always be better might hold true. Overall Annie did very well with its new look. You should buy the DVD and see for yourself if it was an great movie.