Title: Veronica Mars (Official Site)
Tag Line: She thought she was out
Release Date: 14 March 2014
Runtime: 107 min
Genres: Comedy | Drama | Crime
Series or Standalone: Standalone (potential for more)
Where Seen: Theater
Production Company: Rob Thomas Productions, Warner Bros. Digital Distribution
Distributed By: Warner Bros.
Director(s): Rob Thomas
Writer(s): Rob Thomas (screenplay & story), Diane Ruggiero (screenplay)
Stars: Kristen Bell (Veronica Mars), Jason Dohring (Logan Echolls), Tina Majorino (Cindy “Mac” Mackenzie), Percy Daggs III (Wallace Fennel), Ryan Hansen (Dick Casablancas), Krysten Ritter (Gia Goodman), Martin Starr (Lou “Cobb” Cobbler), Chris Lowell (Stosh “Piz” Piznarski), Max Greenfield (Leo D’Amato), Jerry O’Connell (Sheriff Don Lamb), Francis Capra (Eli “Weevil” Navarro), Enrico Colantoni (Keith Mars), Brandon Hillock (Deputy Sacks)
Rating: 5 out of 5 stars
There aren’t enough words available for me to describe all the feelings that I had while watching the Veronica Mars movie. It made me laugh, it made me gasp, and it almost made me cry. Its a beautiful love letter from Rob Thomas and the gang to all the fans of the tv show and I just couldn’t get enough of it. I was lucky enough to see the movie last night at a special fan event which began with some clips from NYC red carpet interviews with the cast followed by a message from Kristen Bell. Then the movie started and it was almost as if the show never ended. I loved the opening intro which gives people new to the world of Veronica Mars a history of the highlights in the show. And Rob Thomas does a great job of introducing background info on various events and characters as they are introduced in the movie via the voice over technique that we all know and love from the show. It was also fun to see Rob Thomas work in old gags form the show, info from the failed 4th season pitch, well timed use of the the old theme song, and just seeing how well all these characters fit together even after 10 years apart.
The best part of this movie was seeing it in a theatre packed full with Veronica Mars fans. The whole audience would gasp and laugh and clap at different moments in the film and it was all one big happy. All the reactions were real and genuine and walking out of the movie you could only hear people talking about all the moments that they loved about it. And there was so much to love about this movie. All the old favorites from the show were there and there was angst and tension and so many laugh out loud moments. It was great seeing where all the former Neptune High students ended up…and let me tell you one in particular came as a big surprise!
The story line flows like one long episode of Veronica Mars and as such it does follow the standard pattern of the show. The viewers know that Veronica will save the day but its all about the journey and getting her back to Neptune where she belongs. My only complaint is that there wasn’t enough. I wanted more. I didn’t want this movie to end so I was glad when the ending was a bit open-ended. Oh the main mystery of the movie is solved but there are enough threads so that Rob Thomas and the gang could return for another Veronica Mars movie and I really really hope that they will. But even if this is all we get I can say with certainty that this marshmallow was very happy with the results.
Also, there are two little clips that occur in and around the end credits so be sure to hang around for them. Although they aren’t as entertaining as a Marvel movie end scene but they do help to keep the magic of the Veronica Mars movie alive for a few moments more. Now I’m going to go and stalk my inbox as I await for my digital download code for the movie so that I can watch it again and again and again!
My Recommendation: No matter how you watching this – in the theater or via digital download (legally of course!) – this movie is a must see and will appeal fans of the show and those that love a snarky heroine.