Thursday, March 6, 2014

Quvenzhane Wallis as Annie

I usually don't talk about movies based purely on their trailers.

In the case of Annie, both the 1982  version and the 1999 version had these awesome trailers that really hyped up the film.

1982's version of Annie took the original script for the musical and expanded on it extensively.

1999's version of Annie too the original script for the musical and condensed it considerably.

Now we have the current 2014 version, which will be released in Christmas.

I am as excited for this version as I was the previous versions.

1982's Annie was the first movie I saw ever and it left a huge impression on me. It made me want to be a singer. It made me believe that nothing is ever that bad. It made me believe in the magic of being a positive thinker. And the music was so beautiful.

1999's version introduced me to the filming style of Rob Marshall, who would then direct Chicago a few years later to critical acclaim.

And now we are in 2014, and a new Annie is coming to the big screen.

Here's the trailer:

Right off the bat, this version is vastly different from the previous. Set in modern times, with some characters renamed, I'm actually quite excited. The trailer is very true in spirit to the classical musical. The music sound re-invigorated. Quvenzhane Wallis' rendition of "Tomorrow" is very sweet and real sounding. I think the young Oscar nominee is going to be great in this. Cameron Diaz as Miss Hannigan. To me no one will ever top Carol Burnett's take. But I'm biased. I do like Cameron though. And she rocked Bad Teacher.

I like the modern take. It immediately sets itself apart from the previous versions and I'm excited to see how the time change affects these familiar characters.

I am more excited to hear more of the music. The few bits we've heard sound new and fresh. This is really an Annie for a new audience, but I don't see why old fans like myself wouldn't enjoy it either ;-)

1 comment:

  1. I'm such a pessimist. I like Quvenzhane as Annie, I like that they understand it has to be a retelling. I am concerned about modern cinema's fear of broadway, or rather, their fear of an acoustic vocal sound, and not a super fan of Jamie Fox (who made Django into a flat character somehow). But I'm hopeful, and I think they could make something really great out of it.


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