I know that one of these days I’m just not going to have anything to talk about and then end up just analyzing the lyrics of Fall Out Boy songs. What I mean is that their lyrics are such deep metaphors that some say that they are the ‘Shakespeare of emo pop’. But today is not that day.
I will, however, waffle about the movie Annie which I saw this Saturday, and am completely
obsessed with. For those who haven’t seen it, it is about a little girl who was abandoned by her parents and lives with her FOSTER mother in Harlem, New York. She’s a FOSTER KID, not an orphan like in the original movie. Despite her foster mother being an alcoholic, her parents never showing up to claim her, and her records being completely cleared, Annie is very determined to stay positive. She almost gets hit by a car, but is saved by Will Stacks, who is running for mayor. Stacks’s campaign manager thinks it’s a good idea for publicity for Stacks to take her in for a few weeks. You’ll just have to see how it unfolds in the theater. (I’ll just make a side note here that it hasn’t been doing well at my local cinema and I’ve read some racist reviews saying that the film is terrible because a little African American girl has the lead role, so I encourage you all to go watch it and leave it a good rating. We cannot let the racists win!!!)
I feel like Annie, as well as Quvenzhané Wallis, the actress who plays Annie in the film, demonstrate good leadership skills at a young age. Take for instance, the Beasts of the Southern Wilds movie. When Wallis auditioned for that movie, the minimum age required was six, while she was only five. Her charisma enchanted the producers and they realized that she was the girl that they needed.
She also recently was interviewed by David Muir. Most children can’t wait to grow up and experience the world as an adult. They insist they are mature compared to their peers and often add the months to make them sound older. In the interview, Muir asked her if she watched Annie as a little girl. Here’s a short transcript of how it went.
David: “You’re this generation’s Annie.”
Quvenzhané: “I know. It’s amazing!”
David: “Did you ever watch Annie when you were a little girl?”
Quvenzhané: [slightly squints] “…I’m still a little girl.
(I can’t find the link to a video, but if you do, please send it to me.)
This is something good to show other children, especially for other child stars. They often get so much attention from the media that they are forced to grow up too quickly. She reminded everyone how children are children no matter how successful they are. She didn’t mindlessly answer a question set by an adult; she thought about it and answered it in a way that would make sense, that would make people change the way they think about kids, and change the way that people perceive her. Under all the success and the Academy Award, she is still A CHILD.
When the film first begins, we see a preppy little girl named Annie that has a likeness to the original Annie giving a presentation. It confuses the audience for a few minutes until we see that the rest of her class is displeased with her performance. Then we hear the Annie that the film follows. Her presentation gets her peers involved, she entertains them and presents it in a way that is understandable and makes everyone enjoy it.
She never flaunted her advancements, either. When Stacks shared much of his luxuries with Annie, she wasn’t snobby about it. She shared it with all of the girls that grew up in the foster home with her; she shared her food and she got Stacks to take them to a private event, something that they would have never dreamed of before.
She continues to go back to the Italian restaurant down the street every Friday to check if her parents had returned for her yet. Her optimism that they will and her determination to come back every week made her into a person that never showed anger or resentment towards any other person, and she was a person that still cared for everyone in her life, no matter what they had done to her.
I’ll be completely honest right here and say that I cried throughout the entire movie because of how cute and cheesy it was, but it’s definitely a movie that I recommend and I think it deserves more attention and success.
That’s all that I have for you this week. Until next time eat well, sleep early, work hard, and follow me on twitter: twitter.com/learningwkaity