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Reviewers offer different clues on 'Nancy Drew'

June 19, 2007|by MADDIE WUNDERLICH and ALEXANDRA CANTONE

Review

Nancy Drew is my favorite book series of all time. I have read 56 Nancy Drew books and even own some early editions. Naturally, when I saw adds and previews for the new "Nancy Drew" movie, depression started to sink in. All I could think was how they would butcher my favorite sleuth.

The movie took me by surprise. Even though it is in a more modern setting, Nancy has not changed. She is still the clever, well-dressed and upbeat character whom I made friends with as I read the books.

The style of the books is still present in a good bit of the movie.

Now for a couple of downers: Bess, George and Mr. Drew. Bess and George, Nancy's best friends, are not really in the story line. They show up at the beginning for about 10 minutes and then disappear. This is disappointing because of how much of a role they have in the books. The Mr. Drew here also disappoints. He is not the strong, supportive father I read so much about. He is a worrywart who even tries to get Nancy to stop sleuthing.

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The movie is definitely worth seeing. The filmmakers really did an good job overall. My overall rating is seven out of 10 stars (10 being a must-see).




Review

A story of a sleuthing girl who always solves the mysteries and is perfect in everything seems a little too picturesque.

The movie starts with Nancy spying on two criminals. As they are about to escape, the thieves catch Nancy watching them when she sneezes. She talks to them and they pretty much turn themselves in.

The movie is just OK and overall dull.

However, the ending is so good that it almost makes up for the terrible beginning.

And there are a few other good parts: The costumes are creative and match the personalities of the characters; while the actors and actresses are truly into their parts.

Overall, the movie feels synthetic.

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