Whether or not the sun comes out tomorrow, you should definitely see the new movie version of "Annie." The film includes cellphones and a smart home, as well as the classic favorite songs that we know and love, but with a fresh new beat.
"Annie" takes place in 2014 in New York City. Jamie Foxx plays Will Stacks, a rich businessman running for mayor. Annie, played by Quvenzhané Wallis, is a foster child who is left in the hands of Miss Hannigan (Cameron Diaz). Since Miss Hannigan is not happy with her own life because of failed dreams, she treats the foster girls she cares for meanly and forces them to do chores.
Annie is saved by Mr. Stacks and becomes famous in the process. She goes on many adventures. Rose Byrne plays Stacks' vice president, Grace, and can be compared to the fairy godmother, since she is so sweet to Annie and buys her the most beautiful red dress with the biggest satin bow. The villain is Guy, the campaign adviser played by Bobby Cannavale, who only cares about Mr. Sacks winning the race, no matter the cost.
All of the actors did an amazing job playing their roles and they were all very funny. They also sang outstanding songs. The movie had great graphics, and the background sounds were very real. There was one scary scene, but we learned the importance of being part of a family. No matter the size, sometimes the most unlikely people belong together as a family. "Annie" is rated PG. We recommend this movie for families of all kinds and ages 7 and older. It's very enjoyable. The music and singing make the movie much better. We rate this movie 4.5 smiles out 5. Definitely check it out . . . tomorrow is only a day away.
After seeing the movie, we interviewed the five main stars of the film at the Crosby Street Hotel. Here is some of our conversation:
Rose, you had some great dance scenes in the movie. Did you have to take dance lessons to prepare for the part?
We did. We had great teams to train us. We did training for about six weeks.
Quvenzhané, what was your favorite song to sing in the movie?
My favorite song to sing was "I Think I Am Going to Like It Here," because it was awesome and I got to do a lot of stuff that I wouldn't be able to do that I couldn't do at home, because if I did, I would kind of be in major trouble.
Bobby, in the movie we noticed that you danced the robot. Is that your favorite dance move and how often do you do the robot in your spare time?
That is great question, William, The robot is one of my favorite dances and I try to do it two or three times a week.
Jamie, in the movie, Annie manipulates your character Will Stacks. Can you tell us about a time you were manipulated by a kid?
There is a kid by the name of Annalise Foxx who manipulates me every single day and I love it.
Rose, how are you similar to your role in "Annie"?
We are both 5-foot-6 and about 120 pounds. She is a bit of a workaholic and I probably have a touch of that. I like to work. Grace is a little uptight and I am sometimes, too.
Bobby, what do you and your character Guy in "Annie" have in common?
I don't think I am much like Guy at all, to tell you the truth. He is really, really different from me.
Cameron, what is your next movie role?
You know, I don't have a job right now. I am out of work. Sometimes these things happen. So, this year between jobs I am going to write a book on the science of the body because I like science a lot.
Cameron, which side of Miss Hannigan did you enjoy the most, the mean version or the good version?
Well, I always love the opportunity to yell at kids. Always! I love it when I don't get in trouble for it. But, I really loved the good side of her, because that represented to me that she found out that she deserved love, and she started to accept herself for who she was and she would love herself for who she was instead of hating herself for what she wasn't.