Nancy Drew and the Hidden Staircase

Nancy Drew and the Hidden Staircase

DVD - 2019
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After the death of his wife, Carson Drew decides to leave Chicago behind and make a fresh start with his daughter in River Heights. But for sixteen-year-old Nancy Drew, life in a small town is mighty dull. She longs for excitement, adventure, and the chance to make a difference. Nancy gets that opportunity when she is asked to help solve the ghostly activity at the Twin Elms mansion. Can she help explain the creaking footsteps, exploding lightbulbs, and the ominous creature?

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VaughanPLDonnalee Dec 31, 2019

I ended up liking this a lot more than I thought I would. I had feared it would be dreadful, but it wasn't, so yay. Sophia Lillis doesn't really look like Nancy Drew, IMO, but she actually was very likeable in the part and played a modern Nancy with charm and zest. The film was pleasant enough. The mystery wasn't very good, but there was a fair amount of humour and lightness in the story and it zipped along well enough. This could be a very passable and entertaining movie for older children and younger teens. It wasn't the best movie ever, but it was fun and I would watch a sequel if they made one. They were definitely trying to update Nancy Drew and modernize her. I didn't think everything they did was completely successful, but as a long-time Nancy Drew fan who really prefers Nancy Drew from the 1930's, I was still able to enjoy this version and it was fun overall. My favourite depiction of Nancy is still the four Bonita Granville movies from the 1930's. I really love those ones!!!!

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booksmile
Nov 29, 2019

Loved the books as a kid/teenager and this movie is a great adaptation. Brings Nancy Drew up to date with modern sensibilities, has a bit of fun and a lot of heart and a lot of girls/women being awesome!

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bkwrm1216
Nov 15, 2019

Charming and inventive. Loved the actress playing Nancy, she'll be a star. Clever writing and it was great seeing a fine actress like Linda Lavin.

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grammaE
Nov 12, 2019

Not very good.

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macrw3
Sep 02, 2019

Definitely for a very young demographic.

ReadingAdviser_Sally Aug 20, 2019

I was super excited for this updated and yet nostalgic version of Nancy Drew. It did not quite live up to my expectations but was cute non the less.

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RobertC65
Jul 31, 2019

This was a really great adaption of the Nancy Drew book. I enjoyed the 'new' Nancy Drew in a modern setting-and this family friendly film had something for everyone! Enjoy!

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KatherineHere
May 06, 2019

Wild, sassy and disrespectful Nancy 2019, breaking all the rules, minus manners, class and roadster.

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hanna4breakfast
Apr 16, 2019

It was fantastic! As a Nancy Drew fan since childhood, this film did a great job representing the spirit of Nancy in a modern take.

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samanark
Apr 13, 2019

I was very excited to see the new Nancy Drew movie and as I watched it, I was stuck by how similar it was to another young detective, Sammy Keyes. The movie opens with Nancy Drew sporting some skateboarding moves that would not be a problem for Sammy Keyes. The Sammy Keyes books started with Sammy Keyes and the Hotel Thief, which was written in 1998 by Wendelin Van Draanen and ended after 18 books in 2014 with Sammy Keyes and the Kiss Goodbye. Sammy starts as a seventh grader and of course is a few years younger than Nancy Drew, so she gets around town on a skateboard much of the time. Through the course of the Sammy Keyes books, she deals with some school bullying which is exactly how the new Nancy Drew movie starts with Bess being bullied by a school jock, and something that was not in original Nancy Drew books. Sammy often comes to the defense of her friends and just like Sammy, Nancy comes to the defense of Bess and in the process is forced to do community service. Sammy Keyes is no stranger to community service. She begins the book Sammy Keyes and the Sisters of Mercy by doing community service at the local Catholic Church. She was also suspended from school in the first book of the series. I believe that the Nancy Drew books did not address bullying by peers because the original Nancy Drew was not in a school setting. Other books written at the same time (Like the Dana Girls) do have more peer bullying.

Nancy Drew starts off the movie clashing with the local Sheriff and Sammy Keyes is no stranger to run ins with the local police. Officer Borsch in the Sammy Keyes books is very leery of Sammy, even when her motives are pure. The relationship between Nancy Drew and the Sheriff in the new movie immediately reminded me of Officer Borsch and Sammy Keyes. In the original Nancy Drew books, Nancy has a good relationship with the police. They respect her father and her as his daughter and often believe her hunches and ask for her help on mysterious cases.

There are differences also, Sammy lives with her grandmother and has a mother who is working in Hollywood and she is not sure about who is her father. Nancy Drew lives with her father and an aunt (created for this movie and appears to be a hybrid of Aunt Eloise and Hannah Gruen from the books) and her mother died recently (in the movie, not in the books). The main mystery in the new movie is taken directly from the Hidden Staircase; the second Nancy Drew book which was originally written in 1930. I really enjoyed the new Nancy Drew movie and I highly recommend it. It will only be in theaters for a few more days and will be released on DVD April 2nd. And if you like the movie, you might want to pick up a Sammy Keyes book. They are targeted for a somewhat younger audience, but do not let that stop you from reading some top notch mysteries!

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Apr 15, 2019

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