Nancy Drew and the Hidden Stair Case, a re-imagined, "She-Too Movement"
Updated: Mar 17, 2019
by Darleen M. Jobson-Larkin | Gregory O. Jobson-Larkin
In a Parade Magazine article titled:
Ellen DeGeneres Is Making a New Nancy Drew Movie. Here Are 5 Reasons We’re Excited to See It
Interviewer, Lambeth Hochwald, posed these critical foci:
Twelve years since Nancy Drew—everyone’s favorite mystery-solving teen—last hit the big screen, she’s back in Nancy Drew and the Hidden Staircase, starring Sophia Lillis (It and Sharp Objects), Sam Trammel (True Blood and This is Us) and Linda Lavin (The Good Wife and Alice). The film, executive produced by Ellen DeGeneres, tags along with the now-skateboarding sleuth as she moves to a new town, makes new friends and, of course, cracks the case. Here are five reasons we’re putting it on our lists for March:
1. We get to see It star Sophia Lillis in her first big-screen leading role, and as the trailer mentions, we know she will be awesome at “delivering justice.”
2. We’ve been waiting 12 long years for this reboot (the last Nancy Drew movie starred Emma Roberts.)
3. We can only hope that screenwriters Nina Fiore and John Herrera (they’re writers on The Handmaid’s Tale and The Vampire Diaries) will add a little bit of a dark side to the plot.
4. We get to watch as Helen, the mean girl, played by Shameless’ Laura Wiggins, discover just how cool Nancy actually is.
5. We’ve got to think Linda Lavin will add some of her inimitable Alice spice as owner of the haunted Twin Elms mansion.
From Warner Bros Pictures, Nancy Drew and the Hidden Staircase opened in theaters nationwide on March 15.
Darleen and I viewed this film with a conclusion of mixed emotions and attitudes.
OK, so multiple counts of ”breaking and entering” (B&E) are justified as long as the mystery is solved?At the onset of the movie this was not the Nancy Drew Darleen remembers. This Millennial ”She-Too Movement” version takes the podium with the likes of other female-centrist movies like Captain Marvel, Wonder Park, Fighting With My Family, Moana, Hidden Figures, and Hunger Games to name a few.
”The Nancy Drew I grew up with was an out-of-the-box thinker, an adventurous, intelligent, prodigious teenage detective. She was one of my favorite characters as a child. A role model, and of course I exposed my boys to the Nancy Drew series. They (the boys, ages 16, 13, 12 and 8) even have the game for their Nintendo DS.
My Nancy Drew was a strong-willed girl who is spunky and smart. She actually listened to her Dad and was not a rebel. She was also that good friend and in those respects that is actually very similar to today’s re-imagined Nancy Drew.
Today, Nancy Drew becomes friends with actor Laura Wiggins who plays the ”Mean Girl” in order to solve the case!
Executive Producer Ellen DeGeneres’ Nancy Drew movie opens with the lead character on a skateboard in a quiet town while actress Sophia Lillis, the Aunt bakes pies and her lawyer Dad played by Tate Donovan works in his home office. The long-board Nancy is a very millennial and hyper-intelligent. young girl. Her deceased mother was an activist which models Nancy standing up for a friend. Small town life is growing on our teenage sleuth nerves. The movie had bit of a scary twist for our 8 yr old, but it was just for an added and intriguing sense of surprise. We have a feeling this is not the last we’ll see of Nancy Drew.