This modern-day adaptation of “Annie” opens with a class presentation from a familiar freckled redhead (Taylor Richardson, who played Annie on Broadway). Psych! Up pops a wild-haired Quvenzhane Wallis (“Beasts of the Southern Wild”) as our title character.
This is just the first of many nods to the original Depression era-set musical first brought to screen by John Huston in 1982. Unfortunately, they’re just sad reminders of a better “Annie.”