Entertainment 'Annie' the feel-good movie of the season Annie (Quvenzhane Wallis) and Sandy the dog in Columbia Pictures' "Annie." Photo Credit: TNS / Barry Wetcher By SCOTT A. ROSENBERG firstname.lastname@example.org @RosenbergScottA December 18, 2014 3:08 PM Print Share fbShare Tweet Email Maybe it's because I went into the new "Annie" without any baggage -- I had somehow never seen the original film or the musical -- but this modernized version charmed me completely. Quvenzhané Wallis ("Beasts of the Southern Wild") is wonderful as the big-haired Annie living in foster care under the watch of the hateful, vicious Miss Hannigan (Cameron Diaz, miscast). Jamie Foxx plays Will Stacks -- this film's Daddy Warbucks -- who is a distant, rich loner cellphone magnate running for mayor of New York City. He's not connecting with the common people, mostly because he seems to hate the common people. His handlers -- his VP Grace (Rose Byrne) and campaign adviser Guy (Bobby Cannavale) -- are looking for anything to get him ahead in the polls, which comes in the form of the spunky foster kid whom he saves from getting hit by a truck. The general plot of "Annie" is maintained -- Annie is taken in by the aloof rich guy and warms his heart -- but the plot is updated to modern day, some of it clever, some of it cheesy. Is this "Annie" remake necessary? Not really. But many a classic story is revived and modernized, and as a piece of contemporary entertainment, it is hard not to be charmed by this film. Wallis is a star; a genuine marvel. And she's surrounded by Foxx, infinitely likable, and the always enjoyable Byrne and Cannavale. The music, which is sure to be a sore point with "Annie" aficionados, maintains the most famous songs from the film, but it excises some and adds new ones from pop singer-songwriter Sia. It's safe to say that the classics remain classic and the new ones likely won't become the earworms that "Tomorrow" or "It's the Hard-Knock Life" are. The overture gets woven into the opening scene, integrating the sounds of the city into the beat of the music in a really cool, kinetic way. This is a good film. It's trite to call a film the feel-good movie of the season, but this is. By SCOTT A. ROSENBERG email@example.com @RosenbergScottA Scott has been at amNewYork since 2008, first as the entertainment editor, and now as senior editor. He covers movies, books and other forms of entertainment. Share on Facebook Share on Twitter Comments We're revamping our Comments section. Learn more and share your input.