Warner Bros. Home Entertainment provided me with a free copy of the Nancy Drew and the Hidden Staircase Blu-ray I reviewed in this blog post. The opinions I share are my own.
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Nancy Drew and the Hidden Staircase
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 light bulbs 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!
Executive Produced by Ellen DeGeneres, the film stars Sophia Lillis (IT and “Sharp Objects”), Sam Trammell (“True Blood” and “This is Us”), and Linda Lavin (“The Good Wife” and “Alice”) and follows Nancy Drew in her new town, making new friends and on a mission to solve the case!
Exclusive bonus clips
Watch this exclusive bonus clip of Linda Lavin talking about her house from the movie! This is a clip from the bonus features included on the Blu-Ray. It’s titled “Pink Footprints: Touring Twin Elms.”
“Maybe I Can Help” clip
- A Sleuth, A Girl and an Inspiration (Featurette)
- Pink Footprints: Touring Twin Elms (Featurette)
- Gag Reel
Here is what Mary Ellen Thomas, WBHE, Vice President, TV Marketing, Family & Animation has to say about the film. “Nancy Drew has been a source of inspiration to countless girls as she has her wits and ingenuity to solve intriguing mysteries. Now, Nancy is back in an all-new film from Ellen DeGeneres. Cast perfectly with Sophia Lillis as Nancy Drew, this mystery has a modern-day edge as Nancy learns about responsibility and friendship while solving mysteries.”
Praise for Nancy Drew and The Hidden Staircase
“Sparkling and lovable, this tween-friendly film ably updates Nancy Drew for the “future is female” generation.”
Joyce Slaton, Common Sense Media
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My review of Nancy Drew and The Hidden Staircase
I really enjoyed watching Nancy Drew and The Hidden Staircase! It’s usually difficult to predict what your opinions of “smaller” film will be. I had high hopes for this movie, though, since the cast consisted of several talented actors that I’m familiar with. I loved Sophia Lillis in IT, and I used to watch Linda Lavin in “Alice” all of the time. The movie definitely lived up to my expectations.
The movie was a lot of fun to watch. I’ve said before how much of a Nancy Drew fan I am, so I really liked seeing how the story was modernized for today’s young fans. Bullying is one of the underlying themes in Nancy Drew and The Hidden Staircase. And it isn’t just the obvious bullying. Yes, Derek is a bully, but everyone knows it.
When you watch this with your kids, make sure you talk about the not so obvious bullying that goes on. Helen has always been seen as the mean girl, but she is just as insecure as most teenagers. Just because someone is pretty or has nice clothes doesn’t mean they don’t have insecurities. When Helen tries to explain her feelings to the girls, George never gives her a chance. She’s bullying Helen though she may not realize it. She doesn’t give Helen a chance to talk, and this makes Helen feel even worse about herself. Helen was trying to reach out to them. Teach your girls to listen to what others around them are saying. If you’ve ever watched Mean Girls, you know that the “mean girls” weren’t just the obvious ones. It’s the same here.
The way that the mystery develops and is solved wasn’t contrived at all. It’s really realistic, and I think your middle school/junior high kids will really enjoy watching this movie as much as I did. I hope that there will be more of these because the way the movie ended set it up for what we Nancy Drew fans know as The Mystery at Lilac Inn. I’m ready for it!