Friday, December 26, 2014
It was much better than I thought it would be. I expected something more girly and extra-sweet, but Quvenzhané Wallis is so ridiculously adorable she won me over. Such a great screen presence. There's a quick scene where she's eating a lobster, drops it on the floor and in the eighth of a second before she leans over to pick it up, she makes an "oops" face that's so cute. Lots of charisma but the only thing she doesn't have is one of those great big Andrea McArdle singing voices. (there would have been no shame in dubbing her voice.)
Cameron Diaz was another unexpected surprise. She was very funny as Miss Hannigan. Mean, but never threatening.
It did go on maybe 20 minutes too long, and the story meandered a bit, but it was much better than its reviews.