The musical comedy – drama film tells a story of a young eleven year old girl who is an orphan, which she ends up in the hands of a wealthy politician. Unlike most of the other children who lives at Miss Hannigan’s orphanage, Annie believes that her parents are still alive and will one day return to claim her. So when Will Stacks offers to adopt her, she asks him to help find her biological parents instead, and he agrees. Will Stacks, whopping reward for Annie’s parents attracts the attention of con artist, who by Miss Hannigan summons both couple to pretend to be Annie’s parents in order to kidnap Annie and take the reward.
The cast is strong and Quevanzhane Wallis who plays Annie, the poor orphan who desires to search for her parents. Jamie Foxx who plays Benjamin Stacks, a wealthy politician who aims to adopt Annie in order to have a good reputation, Cameron Diaz who plays Miss Hannigan, the cruel owner of the orphanage, Rose Byrne who plays Grace Farrell, who is Ben's personal assistant, Bobby Cannavale, who is Will Stack’s political adviser,
The film was directed by Will Gluck and produced by Jay Z and Will Smith. It’s an adaptation of a musical comedy – drama giving us the insight of a modern version of Annie in which the characters are completed different from the 1982 version of the original. Though the main character is black, in some ways it does spark a bit of controversy as to why Hollywood decided to change race; with people already complaining unnecessarily.
Although some people are quite baffled by the changes, it seems like Hollywood decision was to tell a story about a modernised tale of an original musical. The film introduces us to an orphan who is brought up in a Depression – era in younger New York living in a post – 2007 Recession world. Judging by the trailer, the music and characters seems as though the world has been refurbished, which the quality of the scenes looks more flamboyant. Since Annie is meant to appeal mostly to a younger audience who are unfamiliar with previous iterations of the musical, there are also a number of long time’s musical fans waiting to go and re – imagine the movie in cinema.