There are two standout musicals that nearly everyone sees in their lifetime, in one form or another, one being Oliver! And the other Annie. And with the remake of Annie nearing our cinemas, I decided that I would cover Annie as my feature this week.
The original film was released in 1982. Most people know the story, a little orphan girl living with an awful Orphanage Supervisor, Mrs Hannigan, however she eventually finds a family who loves her, and is taken in by the billionaire Oliver Warbucks and his secretary Grace Farrell.
It is also a very optimistic film. It shows that with perseverance and hope, you can find your places, your home and your happiness. Annie started off in a horrible position, with an awful Orphanage Supervisor and no hint of ever being adopted. However songs such as “Maybe” show that she still has optimism despite the dire circumstances. The positivity shown through song is continued throughout the film, with scores such as “I Think I’m Gunna Like it Here” and “Tomorrow.” We continually see Annie’s perseverance through song, and urges you to see the good sides of bad situations and that eventually you will get through whatever negativity you are going through.
Annie, whether it be the stage production or the film, is iconic in today’s society. It has an easy-to-understand plot, with catchy musical numbers, a lovable main character and also teaches young children some valuable morals. It’s a good thing that this film was rated U, because every child should see Annie at some point in their life. Not only is it good entertainment but it also teaches you a lot, lessons specifically aimed at kids. Both children and adults alike will love this film.
As Punjab said, “A child without courage is like a night without stars!”