Movie Review: "Veronica Mars"
MANAGING NEWS EDITOR
When “Veronica Mars” was canceled in 2007, hardcore marshmallows (myself included) were left unsatisfied. Since that time, the show developed a cult following, and fans begged creator Rob Thomas for a “Veronica Mars” movie. While Thomas avidly advocated for the film’s creation, executives had their doubts that the film had enough of a following to justify getting the movie made. One Kickstarter campaign later, fans successfully funded the film and proved that the sleuth should hit the big screens.
The film opens with Veronica (Kristen Bell) on the verge of graduating from law school. As she interviews for a position with a firm, we learn that Veronica has given up her sleuthing days and has decided to settle into her “normal” New York life with Piz. However, when Logan (Jason Dohring) is accused of murder, she returns to Neptune to help him clear his name. While home, Veronica learns that the Neptune sheriff’s office is rife with corruption. While she had vowed not to go back to sleuthing, Veronica quickly finds the pull is just too strong for her to resist, and she spends the remainder of the film uncovering the truth behind Logan’s girlfriend’s death, as well as the dishonesty in the sheriff’s office.
While the film’s plot had a predictable amount of typical “Veronica Mars” unpredictability, the storyline felt forced. The film provided sufficient background for those who have never watched the series, but in doing so, the constant “filling in” hindered the movie’s ability to push forward with the plot. Furthermore, the development of the relationship between Veronica and Logan felt sudden and unnatural. Fraught with star-studded cameos, “Veronica Mars” attempted to satisfy fans, but was never able to fully bring the film’s two subplots together. In addition, the film’s cyclical nature underwhelmed. Veronica failed to develop, and by the film’s end, we find her in virtually the same place she started in.
For my fellow marshmallows, this film does provide some closure to the series’ abrupt ending. However, the film was more of a single episode of “Veronica Mars” than a theatrical experience. While I recommend this movie to my fellow Vmars fan girls, I caution you to appreciate the film for the additional taste of our favorite sleuth rather than for the plot. And with room open for a sequel at the end, who knows—maybe we’ll see our girl one more time?