New ‘Annie’ remake fails to overshadow original


By Peyton Combs

Annie, a classic film that has been around for many years, has been modernized and brought back to the big screen. I’m sure that every ankle biting grade school kid who saw the film at least somewhat enjoyed the over-the-top production, but I can’t deny that watching the new remake saddened my heart.

The writer of the film (Aline Brosh McKenna) has not only updated to a modern New York City, but she has also almost completely thrown out the original storyline. The cast is more racially diverse, the soundtrack has been remixed to fit more into the R&B category, and the new Annie (Quvenzhane Wallis) seems to have an overall more snarky attitude.

The movie itself was not terrible. I think what ruined it for me was the fact that they took a timeless classic and completely butchered it. Sure, it was a cute little movie. The movies is in theaters until Thursday. You can see the movie at Regal Cinemas at 12:50 p.m. and at Carmike Cinemas at 11:45 a.m.

The new music is catchy and the acting is semi-tolerable, but they messed with a long standing tradition. Don’t get me wrong, it was nice to see Little Orphan Annie find life beyond that bright red dress, but I think they took it a little too far this time. It was a mediocre movie at best, but it’s okay, the sun will come out tomorrow.

 

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