Movie Review: Nancy Drew and the Hidden Staircase

Movie Review: Nancy Drew and the Hidden Staircase


We were invited to attend a screening of the movie as press. As always, all opinions are honest and my own.

Let me share something with you when I found out that there was a Nancy Drew movie coming out I considered going to see it without JustaBXgirl. Nancy Drew was mine. She got me through a lot of my childhood. You couldn’t tell me that Nancy wasn’t one of my homegirls. I wasn’t ready to share her with my little. Listen, that child already gets the reboot and remake of so many of my childhood toys and cartoons I figured she would have been fine leaving Nancy to me.

Boy, was I wrong! This Nancy Drew is completely one created for JustaBXgirl and her friends and I could not be prouder. Nancy Drew has always been a badass rebel girl with a giant heart and gift for solving mysteries. This version of Nancy did not disappoint. The movie begins with Nancy’s heart going out for a friend that has faced a very modern problem of online bullying. Thanks to those amazing detective skills and attention for detail Nancy quickly solves who is behind the hurtful video and comes up with a plan to avenge her friend.

I love how this film has done a wonderful job of making something created in the 1930s current without losing the charm of what made generations fall in love with Nancy before.  They found a way to make the world of Nancy Drew feel fresh without losing the small world charm. You already know you won’t find spoilers on this site but know that JustaBXgirl left the movie trying to figure out who from the movie she is the most alike and ended up deciding that she was a bit of them all. The movie also made the top of her weekend review at school on Monday. She even asked me if we could see it again.


 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 16-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?  Is it the handiwork of high-school bully Derek Barnes? Or is it possible that the ghost of original owner Malcolm Colfax is back for revenge? Recruiting her best friends George and Bess, along with local “mean girl” Helen, Nancy Drew is on the case!


Rated PG


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