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Best to mention Edward Stratemeyer, of the Stratemeyer Syndicate, a literary packaging entity the roots of which go back to the 1890s, and the original series, all written under pseudonyms, The Rover Boys.
That series was followed by The Bobbsey Twins, Tom Swift (whose time machine was used to help John Ford with his optical effects, and then the two series, probably best known to young readers today, The Hardy Boys, which arrived in 1927, and the subject of this piece, Nancy Drew, which appeared three years hence.
Through the decades, Nancy Drew has seen numerous feature films, originally starring Bonita Granville, multiple TV series, a later feature with Emma Roberts, and as well as a slew of video games.
Nancy Drew and the Hidden Staircase, featuring young Sophia Lillis, the modern It girl, is actually the second incarnation of that title – the first being the fourth of the Granville films, in 1939.
I wanted to see this film, as I feel that there’s a paucity of films oriented toward pre-teen and tween girls – I’ve been trying to get one made for over a decade, based upon a wonderful novel.
Nancy Drew and the Hidden Staircase isn’t a great film, but it’s a good one. It more than gets the job done, and may be perceived as “great” by someone of the proper age range.
Miss Lillis certainly moves the film along, and she’s certainly a talent to watch.
As a Blu-ray, the release is perfect, but as a new film, from data, it should be.
I’m pleased to see films such as this get made. We have way too many superheroes at the moment. One might presume that the theatrical run was set to create buzz for the Blu-ray release, which may have one of the shortest windows ever.
Theatrical release, March 15th. Blu-ray, due April 2nd.
This could be precisely what’s needed in the marketplace, and should nicely entertain its intended audience.
Image – 5
Audio – 5
Pass / Fail – Pass
As a Blu-ray, the release is perfect