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Why see Annie yet once again? First is director Martin Charnin has banished the saccharine overkill and played the remaining cuteness and heart-tugging moments against a grimy, downtrodden Depression that should resonate today. Second, savor the national bow of Davie’s Issie Swickle as she nails the title role with thechops of someone a lot older than her nine years.
If you’re suffering from the holiday blues, Elf isn’t going to pull you out of it. But if you can pry open your sugar-clogged aorta a smidge, this sweet peppy musical may generate a warm afterglow as Santa’s sleigh twinkles out of sight. But the tone is different than the 2003 film whose pre-sold title and basic premise the producers hope to cash in on.