Name: Annie
Year: 1982
Rating: G
Running Time (minutes): 126
Description: In the depths of the 1930’s, Annie is a fiery young orphan girl who must live in a miserable orphanage run by the tyrannical Miss Hannigan. Her seemingly hopeless situation changes dramatically when she is selected to spend a short time at the residence of the wealthy munitions industrialist, Oliver Warbucks. Quickly, she charms the hearts of the household staff and even the seemingly cold-hearted Warbucks cannot help but learn to love this wonderful girl. He decides to help Annie find her long lost parents by offering a reward if they would come to him and prove their identity. However, Miss Hannigan, her evil brother, Rooster, and a female accomplice, plan to impersonate those people to get the reward for themselves which puts Annie in great danger.
Stars: Aileen Quinn, Albert Finney and Carol Burnett
Genre: Family, Musical

Oh, BOY! Oh, my GOODNESS! I have to REVIEW THIS MOVIE! I’m NEVER gonna be able to DO that! Oh wait, it’ll be over more quickly if I start writing now.

I only really liked Mr Warbucks, but there was something rather unreal about it all and I still have a huge problem with people breaking into song without any reason. How does an alcoholic become the leader of an orphanage? Or which president just meets a 10-year-old girl like that? Oh look, now she’s singing to the president, aww. (Can’t help wondering what Trump would do now.) I also only started to like (for want of a better word) Annie after 40 minutes. What’s so special about her anyway? The only special thing I’ve found about her was that she consistently changed ‘you’ into ‘ya’. The pacing was rather off too. And if you really want to help someone find their parents, why do it with a reward? Anyone knows that will attract frauds, a businessman certainly would.

The songs weren’t bad and I like the chord progressions in most musicals, but the singers weren’t great (Ann Reinking). The underscore was too optimistic and dramatic. The overall package sounded way too shrill as well, as if they overdid the mastering.

And since when do we not translate lyrics in subtitles anymore?


Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan

Name: Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan
Year: 1982
Rating: PG
Running Time (minutes): 113
Description: Admiral James T. Kirk is still in charge of a space fleet, but from behind a desk. Dr McCoy and Mr Spock convince him to take on a mission which sounds simple, but with the appearance of the mysterious Khan, things get a little tricky.
Stars: William Shatner, Leonard Nimoy and DeForest Kelley
Genres: Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi, Thriller

Hmm… I don’t really understand why the first film got such negative reviews and found it much better than this one. I’m also still feeling uncomfortable in this futuristic world, for want of a better word. Why is it so difficult to explain basic things such as: does everyone travel constantly in the future, why does Kirk explore space, what is warp speed, Starfleet, Klingon etc.? Why do I have to glue all the puzzle pieces together myself? Not that I didn’t understand the story, that was simple enough (and for a super-intelligent being, Khan is pretty uncomplicated if you ask me and his backstory is superficial at best). I still find Spock the best character because he’s the only one who seems to have any emotional depth, ironically.

Just like with the original Star Wars trilogy, this music doesn’t affect me in the slightest. Yes, there are some nice moments here and there, but honestly, Spock’s death scene couldn’t have been scored in a more counter-intuitive way.