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  1. Hey, I'm new to this forum but I wanted to express my profound disappointment in the trailer for this movie. The best way I can put it is to say: imagine if the 1960's camp Batman tv show remained the only way that character was ever portrayed on film, and the only version that the public would accept, to this day. That's what I feel like when it comes to Annie. Maybe the trailer is misleading but I was very frustrated by it. For those of you who have never read Harold Gray's masterpiece of comic strip art, Little Orphan Annie, Daddy Warbucks (or "Stacks" in this case) is not a person who would use an orphan as a tool to boost his public image. Daddy Warbucks is a hero - in the original strip he used his fortune to fund an all-out war on organized crime and political corruption. He was tireless in his battle against crime and Annie was his faithful companion, fearless and resourceful. I'm especially disappointed because Jamie Foxx is a gifted actor who could really capture the complexity of the real Daddy Warbucks, if he'd been given the opportunity. The original strip was dark, brooding, violent and fantastical. It explored moral, philosophical, spiritual, social and political issues. It was action packed and imaginative. The stage musical recast the story as a Depression Era "Silas Marner" and every subsequent film version has been based on that lame interpretation. I can't quite understand by Will Smith, who has been associated with sci-fi cinema since the 1990's, and apparently has a respect for the comic art form, has chosen to completely ignore the source material and base this film, yet again, on an inaccurate musical from the 1970's. 'Cause everyone knows two songs from it? To begin with, I don't think many modern inner city kids use the term "hard knock life" lol, it's not even a real "update". Smith could have a really cool franchise on his hands, something that could compete with Disney's Marvel movies, instead of a one-off, vague remake of an old musical. If you've never read the original Annie, here's a good primer: http://www.tcj.com/the-orphans-epic/ I'm really disappointed that Annie has been overlooked again. And that they have seemingly gone out of their way to destroy the character of Daddy Warbucks. Why . . . ? The real Daddy Warbucks: '> How cool would it have been to see Jamie Foxx play this character?!?
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