NANCY DREW AND THE HIDDEN STAIRCASE - Review
NANCY DREW AND THE HIDDEN STAIRCASE
Release Date: March 15, 2019
Director: Katt Shea
Stars: Sophia Lillis, Zoe Renee, Mackenzie Graham, Sam Trammell
Plot: Nancy keeps on getting in trouble in her small town, but when she stumbles upon a mystery, it may lead to more trouble than she can handle
Clint Says: Save some money and see a matinee
There are few franchises that are as popular and have lasted as long as Nancy Drew. It seems like every fourth grader for the last 75 years has spent countless hours reading the Nancy Drew mysteries. There have also been several iterations of the young sleuth on film and TV.
This reboot was meant to be a TV/streaming release, but they thought, why not give it a quick run in theaters. So, if you've never heard of this movie, you aren't alone. Even professional people in and around the film industry didn't know this movie was going to hit theaters until early in the week it was released. (Not exactly a recipe for success, but I don't think that was really the point).
As for the movie, it is adorable and fun. It has a little bit of suspense and intrigue, but it isn't too scary for younger children. It has a good mystery without being too complicated. And it is a lot of fun for people of all ages.
This isn't a critically excellent movie, but that is okay. It was never intended to be that. Instead, it is a solid film that does a great job of reaching its target audience. It doesn't try to pretend to be something it's not.
Sophia Lillis, as we already know from the horror film IT, is a fantastic actor. She plays Nancy Drew in a current, but true to the original way. She brings a joy to the film that is fun and refreshing.
If you have a chance to see this in theaters, it is well worth your time. It isn't a fantastic movie by critical standards, but it is a film that will bring a smile to your face and maybe even move you to break open that old box of Nancy Drew books you have in your attic.