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This review is from: Annie - A Royal Adventure (DVD)
Good grief. I got ten minutes into this ludicrous film and had to turn it off. So take my review for what it's worth, since that's all I saw.
I won't even get into how unspeakably annoying Ashley Johnson is, because it probably has more to do with the role as it was written than the actress herself. This film was written like a bad fanfic from a 13-year-old. The opening scene has Annie cruising the streets of New York on a bicycle delivering papers. Why on earth would a billionaire's daughter have a paper route? I can see Warbucks wanting to imbue her with an idea of the value of hard work and earning money, but not with a job that leaves her alone on the streets of New York, vulnerable to anyone who might think of her as a good target for kidnapping/ransom. Were there no criminals in New York at this time?
Though touted as a sequel to the 80s film with Aileen Quinn (a movie that has its flaws, certainly, but an enjoyable flick nonetheless), this film does not even pretend to follow the events in the original. There is no Grace Farrell, and Miss Hannigan still presides over the Hudson St. Orphanage, where all Annie's friends still languish (unforgivable - I know the old version did not specify this, but we can assume that one of Annie's first acts of largesse would have been to use her wealth and influence to help her friends find families). It's also not a musical.
This film, from its earliest moments, feels exactly like what it was, a cheap, rushed, made-for-television-and-easy-to-please-kids piece of drivel. Don't waste your time on it.