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AnnieReluctantly Likable

by Yo Snyder | 2014-12-19 | Movies, Reviews
I have never been so upset about liking a movie as much as I was with Annie. I know, that sounds kind of strange; after all, why would anyone be upset about liking a movie? Well, here’s the thing, ever since I heard they were doing a new version of Annie, I was sure it just wasn’t going to be any good. I mean, come on, a remake of Annie? That’s a terrible idea. Why do it? So there I was, sitting in a darkened theater certain I wouldn’t like this new Annie, in fact secretly hoping it would be terrible so I could have the fun of writing a scathing “I told you so” review, and about halfway through I found myself admitting, rather reluctantly and grumbly, “I think I actually like this movie.” And I do. In fact, Annie is a delightful, light-hearted, heart-warming, just plain fun film that will leave you feeling good. It’s campy and silly and saccharine and emotional in all the right ways. It’s charming, the songs are as memorable and enjoyable as always, and it’s just hard not to like Annie. So there you go, I didn’t want to like it, but I couldn’t help liking it. I think a lot of that has to do with the inherent charm of the story of Annie. It’s an interesting story because just about every character in it has some sort of redemptive arc, which makes it very uplifting and enjoyable. This was highlighted by the addition of a new song called “Start Again”, which was a surprisingly poignant song amid the rest of the light-hearted, fun tunes. The song talks about (or is it sings about?) how various characters had experienced life one way in their past, but despite setbacks and dissatisfactions, they weren’t going to let the past define the future; instead they would start again. I guess I found that song particularly moving because that’s exactly what Jesus provides; a way for us to truly start again, to be someone new. His death and resurrection cleared a way for us to move past who we used to be, to move... read
 

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