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Kid’s take on movies: ‘Nancy Drew and the Hidden Staircase’

March 31, 2019

Nancy Drew and the Hidden Staircase is very entertaining, which is why we go to the movies. Even though I have no nostalgic attachment to the Nancy Drew series of books, I really enjoyed this film.

The story is about Nancy Drew, who has just moved to a small town called River Heights. She meets an elder woman named Flora, who claims her house is haunted. Nancy decides to investigate with the help of her friends, George and Bess, and Flora’s “mean-girl” niece, Helen.

My biggest issue with this movie is the mystery. I understand that this movie is aimed at younger kids, yet I feel the mystery is too easy to solve. However, that is my only major problem with this film. Plus, I didn’t mind this that much, since even though the mystery is obvious, I mostly let it slide as I enjoyed the characters so much.

One thing I really like about this film is the typical mean-girl character, Helen. At first it seems like Helen is just a stereotypical popular girl. Instead, she’s only mean for a little bit of the movie. Halfway in, she actually goes through a character arc. I really like this, as I honestly feel mean-girl characters are so overdone at this point.

So, it is nice to see this character done differently.

However, my favorite character, hands down, is Flora. She is very funny and so memorable. Everyone needs to have an Aunt Flora in their life. Flora had some of the best lines in the movie.

I really like the cast of this film. Sophia Lillis as Nancy Drew is fantastic. She is very engaging, and I hope to see more of her in the future. Linda Lavin as Flora is amazing. She brings so much charisma and humor to every scene she is in. Zoe Renee as George and Mackenzie Graham as Bess are also pretty good supporting characters. I wish they were in the movie more.

Now, it’s no secret that the Nancy Drew series is timeless. The books were first written in 1930 by Carolyn Keene, and they have been inspiring women ever since — we all need a little girl power!

I give this movie 3 out of 5 stars and recommend it for ages 7 to 18.