My Favorite Movies - "A" is for Annie
When you ask my children what my favorite movie is, they will most likely say Annie. This movie has been a part of my life since I was a little girl. I remember sitting in front of the television watching this movie every time it came on. I was instantly transported to 1930's New York, an orphan myself, singing my heart out and adopting a dumb dog named Sandy. I loved the Cinderella feel to the movie, the songs, Annie's big heart and the melting of Daddy Warbuck's heart. This is such a wholesome family movie and it holds a special place in my heart. That said, my kids do not like it. I've tried numerous times to get them to watch and they aren't interested. *sigh* My oldest daughter did enjoy the new Annie with Jamie Foxx, and while it was an enjoyable movie, I didn't think it held the same appeal, the same timelessness, the same lessons.
I think the thing I loved most about Annie was being transported back to a time that I never lived through. I've heard about it, my grandparents lived it, but I've never experienced it. Yes, I know you can't really experience an era through a movie, but I feel as if you can appreciate what people went through. How hard their lives were and how fantastic it was that a mega-rich man could melt for a little orphan girl.
And perhaps the most important lesson, a lesson I hope to instill in my children (despite the fact I cannot get them to watch the movie) is the love Annie has for her fellow orphans (everyone, really) - despite how terrible her existence is at times, despite the state of the world, and despite all the negativity surrounding her. She's always optimistic, always looking for the best in people, and never sacrifices her beliefs to take the easy road. I love that about her and about the movie.