Now, Annie wasn't a film I was looking forward to. While I've never seen the stage musical, I hate the original Annie film with a passion. It's without a doubt a one star deserving film. It's a lifeless telling of what is already a lifeless story. When it came to this new Annie, they've managed to make it even worse. There's literally nothing to like about this movie, despite it having an immaculate cast. They're all in the film, but none of them seem to try, nor care. They give bombastic, one note performances with crummy vocal work to suit. This is a film of little substance, yet big ambitions. It means well, but it fails.
The basic plot elements are still there, but the songs are almost entirely new. I'm not a fan of the original Annie's soundtrack, especially since they have only one okay song but it gets milked and played three times, but this new Annie makes the original sound masterful. The lyrics are laughable, the songs themselves are sung at the most inappropriate of times, and the cast's voices appear to have been digitally altered, Jamie Foxx especially. And don't even get me started on the embarrassingly bad lip syncing work.
Despite all these flaws, the biggest disappointment Annie has to offer is that it's derivative of charm, humour or heart. It's a film that just is. Despite an over-stretched runtime, Annie never gets a chance to show off any likability or care. It's a sloppy film with little to offer, comedy included. Seriously, the humour in it is mind numbing. It's unfunny, unrealistic, idiotic, and repetitive, yet the cast and crew seem to think it works as they continuously throw it in there.
To sum up, Annie is a bombastic retelling of an already excruciating movie. With one note performances, auto tuned and out of sync singing, a lengthy runtime and a lack of both humour and heart, Annie fails miserably.