I’m keeping my thoughts relatively spoiler free. I’ll probably mention a cameo or two, but nothing about the plot.
The long awaited (I mean really long. The show has been off the air for almost 7 years now) Veronica Mars movie is out in theaters now. I saw it today and I loved it almost as much as I love the show. The story of what happened to everyone since they graduated Neptune High was interesting, and they did a good job of telling it. Happily, they didn’t waste too much time on catching us up on the last ten years. But, I did enjoy how they clued us in to back story with little clues here and there. They focused on Logan’s current murder problem and Veronica’s movement back into her PI roots. With a little old fashioned corrupt cop story to fill in the blanks.
The movie looked at addiction a lot, and it also looked at how people are both able to change, and unable to change.
The mystery was well developed with answers that fit perfectly with what we knew beforehand. Veronica’s route to solving the problem made sense, and there didn’t seem to be any leaps of logic that took me out of the movie. And, the chemistry? It’s still there! All of the actors work really well together.
I loved the movie, but I do have a couple of complaints. The scene between Veronica and Leo/Schmidt was fun, but seemed utterly superfluous to the plot. It really seemed like an excuse for a cameo. But, it was fun and it did move the plot a long a little bit, it just seemed a bit jarring compared to how well the rest of the movie hung together. The Weevil story didn’t get nearly enough time. And, the ending? There seemed to be too many loose ends. Of course, I withdraw that complaint once the sequel is announced.
As a fan of the show I thought it was an excellent return to Neptune and the world of Veronica Mars. I thought they did a good job of bringing us back into the world, and giving us what we, as fans, would like to see. But, I also thought it was a movie good enough to draw people who have never seen a second of the show without much of a need to actually see the original. But, I’m guessing if you like it, you will go back and seek out the three seasons.
Oh, and the cameos?! Great stuff! But, James Franco’s was the best. Terrifically funny. And, actually plot related? Kudos!