I just watched this movie with an orginal Annie orphan and it has her stamp of approval. And it has mine, too. If this wins Best Picture it will be the first film in a decade to get the Oscar that I will have nothing against.
Holy Mother of God is this good. Quvenzhané Wallis sells this film. I'm not usually into movie musicals, but I would watch this film again right now.
"I have never seen a kid carry a movie like that," my viewing companion just said. And, yep, I have no argument with that.
At no point does this movie fuck up. It updates the story and the songs, but in a good way. "No one cares for a you a smidge / when you are a foster kid" is a reasonable new lyric.
Jamie Foxx is actually understated for once, and it works for him. I even liked Cameron Diaz - and I usually think she sucks.
The cynic in me thinks they leaked this intentionally knowing it is going to get great buzz. I can't imagine a human being not liking this film.
If you have a chance to download and see this tomorrow, do so - come what may.