Friday, March 14, 2014

Veronica Mars
Opens March 14, 2014 
1 hr 48 min
PG-13 | violence, drug content, some strong language and sexuality including references


Director: Rob Thomas

Kristen Bell as Veronica Mars
Jason Dohring as Logan Echolls
Krysten Ritter as Gia Goodman
Ryan Hansen as Dick Casablancas
Francis Capra as Eli "Weevil" Navarro
Percy Daggs III as Wallace Fennel
Chris Lowell as Stosh "Piz" Piznarski
Tina Majorino as Cindy "Mac" Mackenzie
Enrico Colantoni as Keith Mars
Ken Marino as Vinnie Van Lowe
Max Greenfield as Leo D'Amato
Andrea Estella as Bonnie DeVille/Carrie Bishop
Sam Huntington as Luke Haldeman
Christine Lakin as Susan Knight
Amanda Noret as Madison Sinclair
Daran Norris as Cliff McCormack
Duane Daniels as Principal Van Clemmons
Brandon Hillock as Deputy Sacks
Jonathan Chesner as Corny
Kevin Sheridan as Sean Friedrich
Martin Starr as Lou "Cobb" Cobbler
Gaby Hoffmann as Ruby Jetson
Jerry O'Connell as Sheriff Dan Lamb
Justin Long as Drunken Wingman

James Franco as himself

Review by Stephen M.

Veronica Mars the movie brings back the whole gang and then some as the dedicated fans turned out in force on to fund it.  While I never watched a complete episode of Veronica Mars, I did enjoy the movie despite missing the inside jokes when they reference certain things from the show and only a tenth of the audience laughs.  The recap of the overall series in the beginning is a nice touch leading to the present as she interviews to be a big time lawyer in New York away from Neptune, California.  But of course you can never stay far from home for long as she receives a call from an old boyfriend Logan (Jason Dohring).

What I particularly enjoyed about the movie is the well written mystery that keeps you on your toes as to who committed the crime.  As you would expect the mystery goes deeper and even further back, but that's part of the fun as Veronica (Kristen Bell) puts it together.  But unless you follow the TV series previously, keeping up with all the characters that they initially throw at you can be daunting.  Most of the original cast members from the TV series appear in the movie in their original roles.  Guest cameos Justin Long and James Franco provide extra comic relief, especially on the part of James as he admirably never seems to be bothered at being the butt end of a joke.  Jerry O'Connell plays Sheriff Dan Lamb which is the brother of a character that died previously in the TV series.  His performance or character is the only exception to the otherwise talented cast.  Maybe it's just the sleaziness of his character, which in that case he did a stupendous job acting.

One of the gripes I have with the movie is the approach it takes with the romance in the movie.  It seemed to have taken a back seat to the overall story but still stick its head out every so often though not contributing to the story meaningfully.  The scene where Veronica jumps into the arms of her old love interest while a family member lies precariously in a hospital is just... unreal.

Overall, I would recommend watching it though you may want to do so as a matinee.  While entertaining, the story tends to wanders a bit with so many characters and locations the Director wants to cover from the TV series.  I love the humor of the series especially the reference to Hellmouth by Veronica which stems from their fellow CW series Buffy.  As with that and other references, the show is made for a particular audience which is its fans.  And if you're not one of those die hard fans, this movie may be just average for you.


Are you a fan of Veronica Mars TV series? If not, what show(s) did you grow up watching?

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