(Emma Roberts, Josh Flitter, et al / DVD / PG / (2007) 2008 / Warner Bros.)
Overview: With her magnifying glass and fingerprint powder in hand, Nancy Drew leaves River Heights for La-La-Land...but not to meet that guy on Smallville, as her boyfriend Ned fears. No, she's out to solve one of the greatest mysteries ever: the death of movie star Dehlia Draycott. But the bigger mystery is how our perky, plaid-clad sleuth will fit in with the text-messaging teen queens of mean she meets at Hollywood High.
DVD Verdict: I liked this movie. I do think it suffered a little from trying to have it both ways, though. For example, one minute they seem to want to make it a parody, and the next minute they seem to be trying to build a legitimate mystery. By attempting to do both, they ultimately wound up doing neither as effectively as they might have.
The little fat sidekick was not necessary, and seemed totally out of place.But, whatever the shortcomings, they were more than compensated for by Nancy, herself.Roberts was the perfect choice for the role. She's cute, but she also has a warmth and sincerity that were lacking in the old tv show from the 70's. She made the film worth the price of admission, whatever its other shortcomings may have been. I hope she makes more of these movies.
But, next time, they need to go out of their way to appeal to the hardcore fan. This movie had too much that was aimed at a generic teen audience. They already have plenty of movies to choose from. The next movie needs to focus more on its core audience.
Oh and you like cameos?! Well then check out Chris Kattan (SNL), Eddie Jemison ("Ocean's 13"), and Bruce Willis who all make surprise guest appearances!. Which just proves you never can guess which movie Bruce Willis will pop up in next.
So, while there's some moments of real suspense during Nancy's adventures, the solution to the case comes out of nowhere, and in the end all possible plot threads are tied up too conveniently and who-cares-who-done-it. The score adds to the movie's suspense, but the contemporary teenybopper songs woven into the soundtrack are lame. Still, I really enjoyed this film, and while the movie is aimed primarily at tween girls, people of any age and gender can enjoy it. This is a Widescreen Presentation (1.85:1) enhanced for 16x9 TVs and comes with the Special Feature of:
Mini - Featurette