Annie was an American musical comedy film made in 1982. The story focuses on Annie, an orphan living in New York City and her experience after meeting Warbucks. The film is rated PG. It is apparently a film that is suitable for family to watch. The film touches much of the idea of capitalism and its way of shaping people’s life in different classes, but as for a film that’s made for family. It is a much hopeful film. It looks at the American Society during the great depression in a more positive way.
Annie is an orphan. She is sort of the leader in the Hudson Street Orphanage. She is a strong protagonist, which is different from all the other kids in the orphanage. We get to be introduced to her character from the very beginning of the film, and the first song starts out with the melodic theme of “tomorrow”. The theme goes through the whole film consistently. It is the theme of hope, which is the central theme of the story.
In the first act Annie, as an orphan, longs for a better day, better place. Annie is a representation of the lower class in America, and in order to be exposed to different class, the inciting incident happens when Warbucks’ secretary decides to bring Annie to Warbucks’ place for a week. Warbucks in the film is depicted as a perfect example for American upper class- rich, earned fortune by hard work. Though Warbucks appears as an antagonist because of his bad temper, he later becomes a friendly guy. The way the film first introduces us to Warbucks’ palace is through the song “I think I’m gonna like it here”. In the song, capitalism is revealed through the fancy properties that Warbucks have. Annie’s exposure to the high materialism world shows how the common Americans desire for a better day, a better tomorrow.
The way the plot is unfolded, the way the friendship between Annie and Warbucks is built and developed are all toward the hopeful, optimistic end of capitalism. From accepting Annie’s dog to be in the house to adapting Annie, Warbucks go through a huge change from not appreciating lower class people, to understanding the way to build a better “tomorrow”. The film shows a path of the arc of hope in America, which is shown through the character of Annie, the low-class orphan. It implies the unity of social classes and creates a hopeful ending, which automatically shows what the film is intended for, building hope in young audience’s mind.