Seeing the remake of "Annie" wasn't high on my movie watching list yet it fit the time slot. Knowing in advance that it was modernized and tweaked didn't sway me one way or another. Big Jamie Fox fan and love how he can carry a film. Quavenzhane Wallis blew my doors off with her performance (at age 6!!!!!) in "Beasts of the Southern Wild" where she received an Academy Award Best Supporting Actress nomination.
My experience is that musicals rarely translate well to the big screen. I never saw "Chicago" on stage (only on screen which I liked) so I won't count that one. I thought both "Rent" and "Dream Girls" were terrific on the screen but we are talking terrific songs and terrific performances.
I saw "Les Miserables" on stage in NY with the original cast that was simply iconic. So the transference to the big screen didn't work for me at all.
Foxx played the modern day CEO of a Cell Phone Company (Daddy Warbucks equivalent) while Cameron Diaz played Miss Hannigan. Adding diversity to the cast provided the correct/right feel for this well know story. Yet there is not much good to say about this remake. Remarkably slow, forced, staged and just didn't work.
The only magic of this film was whenever the focus was on Miss Wallis. She owns the camera whether speaking or singing (she can sing/perform!). Beyond that, this film is a bit anguishing. I guess it will do okay in the box office, but really doubt it will create much buzz, even among young girls.
Was pleased when that movie was over.