This is a sponsored post for SheKnows and Sony Pictures. All thoughts are my own.
In a long ago, former life, I was a theater “actress”, well, that’s if you count high school and community college anyhow. On a school trip to a high school drama competition, we listened to various songs on the drive and of course, “Tomorrow” from Broadway’s hit musical Annie, was part of the mix. Everyone burst into song as I stayed quiet and listened. When my friends realized I wasn’t singing, I had to confess that I had never seen Annie before. They had to remedy that immediately, so as soon as we got to the hotel room, we ran out to rent the VHS (ahem) and despite being 16 years old, I loved every second of it. The struggles, the joy, the warmth…it’s exactly the kind of thing I wanted to share with my daughter, all these years later. Well, stars aligned and I did get to share this experience with her, through an advanced screening of Sony’s upcoming modern day retelling of Annie!
My daughter was just like I was when I first discovered Annie, she didn’t know anything about it. Well, she did know “Tomorrow” and “Hard Knock Life” thanks to her classmates and oh, me, but she didn’t know there was a musical or a movie. So to get her excited, I showed her the trailer and she was sold immediately. She wanted to know everything about the story and could not wait to go to the screening. Then I gave her an extra surprise and let her bring her two closest friends to the screening too. I hoped that the girls would all love it, and I hoped I would too. I’ll be honest, I didn’t know what to expect.
This film is a modern day retelling of “Annie” with the same loveable characters and themes surrounded by a fresh current story. ANNIE’s determination and positive spirit are at the core of this story, and remind us why this spunky character’s search for a family is loved by so many. At the screening, the girls all sat together and I heard every squeal, giggle, gasp and “oh my god” they made. The girls were enchanted by the film, and as we walked out of the screening room, they locked arms and started singing this film’s version of “Tomorrow.” On the drive, I listened in as they talked about the film. It’s funny, how all these years after I experienced all the emotions of Annie, my daughter was saying how it made her feel happy and she was dancing in her seat.
Later, when I was putting her to bed, she thanked me for taking her to a special movie on a special night. As I walked out of her room, I heard her humming “Tomorrow” to herself and I knew she just found her first musical to love. There’s a reason why Annie has entertained families for generations. It’s a movie you’re going to want to feel with someone you love. Take your kids and feel it all over again.
Annie is rated PG and opens Christmas Day.