Movie Review: “Veronica Mars” – Back on the Case

Written by Caitlin Cooper March 22, 2014

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“Veronica Mars”, directed and written by Rob Thomas, and starring Kristen Bell, Jason Dohring, and Enrico Colantoni, picks up the story from the beloved T.V. show. Years after the characters have finished college, former private eye Veronica Mars (Bell) gets drawn back to her hometown to help her ex-boyfriend, Logan Echolls (Dohring), clear his name after he’s become a murder suspect.

 

Since the show was abruptly cancelled in 2007, hard-core fans have been feeding their “Veronica Mars” cravings with the occasional re-watching of all three seasons. As soon as Rob Thomas started the Kickstarter campaign, many fans jumped at the possibility of a “Veronica Mars” movie and donated generously. It signifies the power of the audience in making something like this happen which also kind of makes me wonder why the show was cancelled in the first place.

“This is where I belong; in the fight. That’s who I am.”

In terms of the acting, it really felt like the show hasn’t been over for years. The actors slipped right back into their characters like second skins. Playing Veronica seems so natural for Bell that it really doesn’t seem like so much time has passed since the cancellation.

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This movie reminded me of why I miss the show; the father-daughter relationship, the friendships, and the love interests are all so well-written and acted. Veronica’s witty one-liners are as refreshing and hilarious as ever.  The formula of the movie follows that of an episode of the show, but with much more detail due to the longer run time.

High school reunion = another chance for Veronica Mars to exercise her one-liners.

Perhaps my favourite aspect of the movie is the humour. The dynamics between the characters – who are reunited after being apart for years, just like the actors who play them – is usually quite funny. For example, Wallace (Percy Daggs III), Veronica, and Mac (Tina Majorino) are still the kind of friends close enough to make fun of one another pretty much every time they speak.

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I watched “Veronica Mars” when it was still airing weekly on T.V., and I’ve been really looking forward to the film; in some ways that can make me a harsher critic. One of the downsides to the film is that while it does answer a lot of questions and tie up a lot of loose ends from the series, it left some new questions unanswered.  Luckily for me and other fans, it is said there will be a book series and a web series in the near future.

“Our story is epic, spanning years and continents.”

While fans of the show are sure to enjoy this way more than people who have never seen it, “Veronica Mars” is still a good movie with a mix of wit, action, drama, and a bit of romance. It’s a detective movie that’s more about the people than it is the case. I think, however, that it’ll be hard for viewers who haven’t seen the show to understand the significant details, cues, and relationships because they’re not introduced in this film, they’re being carried on from the show.

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Overall, “Veronica Mars” is a good dose of mystery, drama, romance, and comedy but may have more appeal to viewers who are fans of the show. Without that draw, people will have to take a chance on it.

My Rating: 9/10

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About Caitlin Cooper

Caitlin Cooper

Caitlin is an avid watcher of movies and television shows so she decided to use her passion to write about them. She has a B.A. in English Language and Literature with a Minor in Creative Writing.

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