I’ll be honest: I never imagined I’d be posting any version of this movie.
But I liked it. And if you can get over the fact that the celebrities you’ve come to know and love outside the musical genre will abruptly burst into song then you might like it too.
Produced by Jay Z and Will Smith, this modern, re-imagined take is Annie’s third film adaptation. Critics hated it, but the movie has actually done pretty decent at the box office.
The role of Annie was originally intended for Willow (Will Smith’s daughter, not the small but big-hearted aspiring sorcerer who befriended Val Kilmer), but she was too old to play the part by the time the stars aligned and was replaced by Quvenzhane Wallis (Beasts of the Southern Wild and 12 Years a Slave) who does an incredible job. You can’t help but love this girl — and I can’t help but want to hear John Travolta pronounce her name.
Annie also stars Jamie Foxx (who does a fantastic job as well), Rose Byrne, and Cameron Diaz, who, bless her heart, had the impossible job of filling the shoes of Carol Burnett. It was a rough fit.
This film was actually leaked online three weeks early by those North Korean nut jobs who hacked Sony. And while it was expected to cost Sony millions of dollars in lost ticket sale revenue, the hack didn’t end up costing that much overall so it actually wasn’t that big of a deal. Not only that, but it seems North Korea misunderstood Annie’s target demographic — apparently little girls who love musicals aren’t pirating movies like they used to.
OH, SOMETHING YOU SHOULD KNOW: I think I just called myself a little girl.
Now you’re probably expecting me to say something about how “the sun will come out tomorrow.”
…Ok, yeah, you’re right.
But first read this interaction between the billionaire Will Stacks and Annie:
- Stacks: “The harder I work, the more opportunities I get. See, you have to play the cards you’ve been dealt. No matter how horrible the cards are.”
- Annie: “What if I don’t have any cards?”
- Stacks: “Then you bluff.”
Confidence, faith, optimism — they all go a long way in make sure we don’t just endure, but endure well the difficulties of life. If we cheerfully and prayerfully take the opportunities that come, thanking God for even the smallest blessings along the way, we’ll come out better, stronger, and happier.
There are no hard knock lives, only hard knock moments in ridiculously awesome lives. And yes, things will be better tomorrow.
“Ye cannot behold with your natural eyes, for the present time, the design of your God concerning those things which shall come hereafter, and the glory which shall follow after much tribulation. For after much tribulation come the blessings.” — Doctrine & Covenants 58:3-4