In this post-Veronica Mars world, I was immediately drawn to Nancy Drew hoping to fill the now empty void. And as you might expect, the family comedy adaptation of the classic kids novel was not exactly what I was craving or even expecting. But that’s not a bad thing because Nancy Drew is one of the funnest family film I’ve seen in years, aside from may-be the Pixar flicks. Unlike other modern day teen adaptations, it doesn’t try to be “too-cool-for-school”, jam packing a soundtrack with hip new cover songs, and a cast of good looking model-level kids. Nancy Drew attempts to bring the crazy and absurd fun tone of the books on to the big screen, without dumbing it down, and without losing the good qualities in an attempt to make it more accessible to the target audience.
Nancy Drew and hew Batman-like purse of gadgets travel to Los Angeles to solve the mystery of movie star that disappeared 25 years ago. Drew is a modern day kid with the fashion and style of old, stuck in a world of ipods and cellphones. Running away from mysterious bad guys, defusing bombs without driving over the speed limit, Drew is Veronica Mars meets MacGyver without the sarcasm.
Director Andrew Fleming’s 1999 Watergate comedy Dick is underrated and unfortunately forgotten. Nancy Drew has the same unbelievable over the top tone that made that film so fun to watch. Emma Roberts is the next Anne Hathaway, and will surely find a career in Hollywood. Although I hope that enough people see this film to warrant a sequel. Nancy Drew deserves to be made into a franchise, either that or a television show. Or am I still trying to fill the Veronica void?
/Film Rating: 7 out of 10