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Friday, March 7, 2014

Sorry, Hollywood, You're Going To Have To Do Better Than This New ANNIE Trailer

Maybe I'm just too cynical to truly fall in love with the new trailer for ANNIE, which has the rest of the Internet shedding tears of happiness and ready to belt out every word of "Tomorrow" in the middle of the street. This remake of the classic 80s musical, now starring the adorable Quvenzhané Wallis, is about to be filed under my very long list of "movies that should never have left the era in which they were born."

Listen, I love the 80s more than most normal people, and still jam to Blondie, Lisa Lisa and the Cult Jam and Phil Collins like their songs were just released yesterday. But movies of this era captured a particular cheesiness that was special to its time; their quirks and themes are foreign in today's pop culture. Judging by this ANNIE trailer alone, it looks like the filmmaking team (Friends With Benefits director Will Gluck with screenwriters Aline Brosh McKenna and Emma Thompson) simply recast the original production, adding big name supporting stars Jamie Foxx, Cameron Diaz, Bobby Cannavale and Rose Byrne, without modernizing the story. And a premise like ANNIE desperately needs to be rejuvenated to fit into our film culture today (consider how The Muppets did it recently). You can't just throw in a few lyrical outbursts mixed in with an obligatory Facebook reference and call it a "reimagining." This clip just looks lazy and very lame. The cast deserves better. 

But, hey, trailers aren't always the best indicator of a movie's quality and overall value (I'm still mad that the Captain Phillips trailer). This is a 2+ minute clip that will likely be followed by additional trailers that will give us a better view of what this new film is trying to accomplish. As for now, we can only hope that the sun will come out tomorrow.

ANNIE is in theaters December 19th.


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