We’ll admit, we’re curious about the new adaptation of the classic Broadway musical Annie. Featuring a classic batch of songs and starring Jamie Foxx, Rose Byrne, and the dynamic Quvenzhané Wallis, the film has a lot of solid selling points. It’s first trailer, however, is a bit of a clunker, leaning heavily as it does on the trite “adults should learn from children!” storyline (or, as the film’s press release puts it, “Stacks believes he’s her guardian angel, but Annie’s self-assured nature and bright, sun-will-come-out-tomorrow outlook on life just might mean it’s the other way around”) and Cameron Diaz’s incessant mugging as Miss Hannigan.
Look, we get it. Foxx’s Benjamin Stacks has to learn a life lesson about caring and loving and selflessness and all that from little orphan Annie. And Miss Hannigan has to be an awful shrew from whom Annie must be rescued. But geez does the trailer ever paint the two in the broadest, most annoying and predictable strokes as possible. Oh well, check it out:
Annie was written and directed by Will Gluck, and was produced by Jay-Z, Will Smith, and Jada Pinkett-Smith. The film is set for a December 19th release date.
What do you think of the Annie trailer?