This is the well-known musical about the mischievous Annie, an orphan during the Great Depression, who goes to live with rich billionaire, Oliver Warbucks, and escapes the clutches of evil orphanage proprietor, Miss Hannigan.
While this movie was jolly and fun, there was a point where its sugary cheesiness became too much. I know its supposed to be set during the Depression and the joy of the musical is supposed to partly represent that. However, you can have too many dance numbers in one film. Annie comes across as a less-annoying Shirley Temple clone.
On the flip side, there are plenty of sweet little moments to make up for the overdose of sugariness present throughout. Albert Finney is memorable as Daddy Warbucks and it is nice to see his character warm to Annie. Miss Hannigan is the epitome of the comedy villain, with her gin-swigging ways and flirtation around people of the opposite sex.
While this film was rather nice and a bit of escapism, that is all it is. It almost feels like a nod to the toe-tapping musicals of the 1920s and 1930s.
MY RATING: ** / *****