“I pray because I can't help myself. I pray because I'm helpless. I pray because the need flows out of me all the time- waking and sleeping. It doesn't change God- it changes me.”
― C. S. Lewis
― C. S. Lewis
I believe in the sun even when it's not shining. I believe in love even when I don't feel it. And I believe in God even when He is silent. (quote found on the wall of a concentration camp)
Saturday, November 5, 2011
ANNIE The Movie
It was Sarah's turn to pick the Friday night movie last night. She LOVES musicals, and picked Annie.
Mike and I had never seen Annie before. We had heard good things about it a long time ago.
The movie is Rated PG. The little girls in the movie were VERY talented in song and dance.
The movie is about an Orphan child during the depression. It is about the hard life in the orphange, that is managed by an alcoholic woman played by Carol Burnette. She remained drinking or drunk through out the entire movie. She was verbally abusive to the children and also threatened physical abuse.
Because the movie is entertainment, the children didn't react to her, except to step on her toes a lot.
Annie is chosen to go to a billionaires house for a week, for an experience outside of the orphanage.
When she arrives, all the staff and servants are kind and full of song and dance. Then Daddy Warbucks shows up. He is harsh and demanding and has no idea he is hosting anybody, especially not a girl.
He says to send her back.
Somehow, during her weeks stay, she turns him into mush, which is a very sweet part of the movie.
But when he gives her a necklace and wants to adopt her, she says no. She is waiting for her real parents to claim her. She has 1/2 of a locket they left with her.
He helps her try to find them by advertising.
Hundreds of people who are dishonest come to claim her for a 50,000 dollar reward. In the end, it is the Orphanage director, Carol Burnette, and her brother and sister in law that scheme to get the money. Carol Burnette withheld information that Annie's parents were dead, and she had all her private information, as well as the other half of the locket. She and her brother agree to a 50/50 split of the reward money and her brother and a girl friend go and claim Annie. as their own. When they drive away, they pick up Carol Burnette and Annie sees that it is a plot. She tries to fight them,but they hold her down and cover her mouth.
In the end, she climbs to the top of a bridge tressle and is dangling in mid air with a man in pursuit to try and kill her.
Then Daddy Warbucks helicopter and body guard come and rescue her. She is back with Daddy Warbucks and lives happily ever after.
WHEW! This is not a movie I would recommend for newly adopted children or children who are not secure. It is full of triggers.
I was also abit surprised at some of the sauciness in the scenes and the political slant. Daddy Warbucks the billionaire was a selfish republican, and the president was a soft hearted democrat.
I checked on Alli a couple of times and she said she was fine. She was more interested in the song and dance and the dog. :) I'm glad we watched the special features that showed how the movie was made, how the parts were chosen and allowed the children to interact in some of the acting scenes. This made it VERY CLEAR that this was a fictitious movie and not reality.
Unfortunately, the circumstances in this movie WERE a reality for some of our kids. They suffered from rejection, abuse and the results of alcoholism and extreme poverty. I tend to cringe when those things are made light of.
While the movie is full of song, dance and talent.... I would not recommend it, even if there were no traumatized kids in the house.