Veronica Mars (2014)



Any television show that doesn’t conclude by tying up its loose ends is asking for trouble. Particularly those that have enjoyed a healthy by the numbers rank and a show that has been on long enough for fans to invest emotion, energy and time into a fandom – for this “cult classic” CW show, we “Marshmallows” haven’t ever been able to forget the tiny blonde who got into more trouble than her father could keep track of, had more boyfriends than we could keep straight and brought to justice quite the hardened criminals. She is Veronica Mars.

In high school, she was a rebel – a popular girl who was turned out of the wealthy kids circle which turned her into a tough-skinned, don’t-care-what-others-think girl who spent her summers and after school hours helping her P.I. father on cases instead of at the beach. Back then, she had a reputation to uphold and not many people liked her. Now, some ten years after leaving Neptune, she’s about to accept a high-powered job at a New York law firm and people tell her she’s a marshmallow, or so Veronica Mars (Kristin Bell) tells us.

This is all before she sees a news story about the murder of her former classmate, Carrie Bishop and the once-upon-a-time love of her life, Logan Echolls (Jason Dohring) questioned as a suspect in the murder. When the call comes in that he needs her help, Veronica cannot resist the pull to return. So with promises she’ll just visit with her dad (Enrico Colantoni), and help Logan weed out the good from the bad lawyers and their respective defenses, Veronica kisses her patient, long-term boyfriend Piz (Chris Lowell) good-bye and returns to a past she never thought she’d see again.

Aaaah, it’s here. The return of Veronica Mars and her motley gang of misfits may have been six years in the making, but it’s arrived. Because of this, beware the fan-girling. Based on Rob Thomas’ popular teen drama, Veronica Mars (which enjoyed an all-too-short three season run), this movie was definitely icing on the cake for fans and was made all the sweeter since it was funded by a kickstarter campaign – in other words, fans met and surpassed a fund set up to produce this film is record time which turned this maybe-someday dream into a very real this-is-happening scenario. Since I was looking for something new to watch, I jumped on the V. Mars fandom late last year, binge watched all of the episodes and found out the kickstarter campaign was over before I really knew it began. Needless to say when I watched the final third season episode, I didn’t realize that was all she wrote so knowing in the next five months a film was going to be released made this newbie fan thrilled to pieces.


Those of us who know and love the show will be glad to see many of its familiar faces return (in fact, perhaps the only one that doesn’t make an appearance is Duncan and his now ten-year-old daughter) including Weevil (Francis Capra), Wallace (Percy Daggs III), Mac (Tina Marjorino). All of these familiar favorites help ground the film (like really could there be a Veronica Mars reunion without Mac, Wallace, Keith, Weevil and company!?) and give fans the closure we needed. Many people were happy with all this two-hour film provided and enjoyed the “heavy” dose of Logan/Veronica screen time (the first time they lays eyes on each other… aww!) and while there was plenty of that, I also found more satisfaction in this film beyond that of a love/hate romantic entanglement finally finding a healthier footing. What was most pleasant to watch develop, grow, change was Veronica discovering her own peace. Last we saw her, she was cut up over ruining her dad’s campaign, trying to sort out complicated romantic emotions (i.e., her boyfriend coming face to face with the realization that Logan would always have a bigger part of her part than he did) and trying to decide what she should do with her life in a career. Seeing her come into her own was in and of itself worth watching the movie, no matter what else happened. 

So what else did happen? Oh, yes! That certain love/hate, will-they-or-won’t-they-end-up-together Veronica and Logan relationship. So, yes, there is that. I have to confess there were times I adored Logan in the show (which, by the way is fun but sadly had too many instances of adult innuendo to make it even close to Nancy Drew family appropriate) and others when I wanted Veronica to break it off and stay away from the dude who oftentimes brought nothing but grief into her life. One thing I was impressed by was once Veronica and Logan quit feuding, he was protective of Veronica to a fault and that carries through in this script. Viewers experience a more grown-up, mature version of Logan in this story and best of all, it’s one that I (so far) have no qualms about getting behind. People do get hurt in the film, we underestimate some characters and learn not to trust others but most of all, Thomas and the cast (who I am thrilled to pieces agreed to return – without them, this would have been nothing) did a bang-up job of crafting this into an entertaining “conclusion.”

The whip-smart dialogue is still here, the humor is sensational (though the ladies behind me didn’t think it as funny as the show), there is a lot of excitement (suspense is definitely heightened in big-screen format!) and though there are bittersweet emotions, really if this is to be the last we see of Veronica – according to an enthusiastic cast, a great success at the box office and Thomas, there will be a sequel – it was satisfactory. Backers who made this possible should be proud. It's a masterpiece in the world of Veronica Mars and marshmallows, you don’t want to miss out on returning to Neptune. It’s kind of like a walk with the best friend you haven’t seen in years – and easily, you fall right back into the rhythm as if no time at all has passed. 

(Parental review: there are several instances of sexual innuendo including crude terms/references [like a crude hand gesture], an old sex tape that crops up as an embarrassment to its victim – we see snippets of the tape, another person asks her about it to which she wonders about being questioned about “STDs.” There is also one other sex tape we briefly glimpse [just the couple’s legs], there are references made to anatomy and one minor character is a homosexual [there’s nothing beyond conversation]. A woman is sleeping with a man after being blackmailed, another scene involves some making out, and an invitation to stay the night before the camera cuts away. There’s a use of the F-word, along with substitutions plus other minor profanities. A woman is shot, another man is badly injured in a car wreck [someone dies as a result of that accident], another person is killed from an overdose. There is some drinking. The film is rated PG13.)
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    1. ...I can't wait until YOU see it, Juju. I'm pretty sure you'll heart it. ;)

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  2. I just watched this with my sisters (one of them was a kickstarter backer and got the download of it) and absolutely loved it! I, like you, am a more recent fan and I too binge watched it (it's so good there's no other way to do it)! You took the words out of my mouth for most of this-especially the stuff about Logan! This was such a fantastic show and I was so happy they did a movie! They are actually coming out with a couple books that will pick up where the movie left off and if the movie makes enough money they said they'll make another one that will take place after the books! I really hope that happens!!

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    1. I love finding all of you fellow Veronica fans, Abbi - when I binge watched the show, I didn't know fellow bloggers were fans! Love it. :) Ditto. I am glad I only recently discovered the franchise because I was able to see it all closely together and things were fresh in my mind and well, more awesome! I think maybe we'll rewatch the series again in anticipation for the May DVD release - such fun! (It's all worth a rewatch.)

      I'm REALLY curious about the books - perhaps I'll preorder one on Amazon and see what it's like. And it's looking good for a sequel, especially when the cast is so eager to return.

      I've got a love/hate relationship with Logan but boy! Did he impress me in the film. ;)

      That's cool your sister was a kickstarter backer - was she impressed? I sure would think fans who made this possible should be proud!

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  3. It's a fun movie and a great conclusion to LoVe. I hated that we never had a "happily-ever-after" ending for them!

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    1. I know, right!? I agree , Carissa - loved the film and if the news stories are to be trusted, a sequel is highly likely. That'd be even more awesome. ;)

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  4. SQUEAL! Looking forward to watching it sooooon! Great review!

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    1. Hi, Melinda! How did I not know I had so many great blogger friends who were fans of Veronica!? This will never do.

      I'm pretty sure you'll love the movie - it's just as good as the series. :)

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  5. Aw yaaaay!! So fun. :0) Glad to hear it was so good - it's definitely on our asap date night list! And seriously, can Kristen be any more adorable??

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    1. My thoughts exactly, Mary - this movie = SO MUCH GOODNESS. Fans of the show (I'm pretty confident) are going to love it. I know I did. Cannot wait to hear your thoughts - give me a shout-out when you see it. :)

      Kristen is great. I've enjoyed all of her movies (or those I've seen) - from Frozen to You Again and countless others. :)

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  6. I loved the movie! I heard they may already be talking another one - which would rock! I pre-ordered the book too!
    Missie @ A Flurry of Ponderings

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    1. All of the news is sounding optimistic for a sequel, Missie which as you say, would rock! Cannot wait for news of that and since the cast is enthusiastic about it, I suspect it's looking good for the studio to produce one. Glad you liked it too - it was definitely worth seeing on the big-screen! :)

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  7. I never watched this show but I know so many people loved it. May just have to give it a watch on Netflix :)
    xo TJ

    http://www.hislittlelady.com

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    1. If you like whip-smart dialogue, fun (albeit crazy) characters and hints of mystery, you'd like Veronica Mars, TJ. Happy watching. :)

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  8. My sister and I were both Kickstarter backers (we binge-watched the show in 2010 and fell in LoVe). We saw the movie in the theater Friday night, and I watched it again on Saturday, as the digital copy was one of my Kickstarter rewards! We both absolutely loved the film. Would I have changed a few things? Sure. But overall, it was exactly what I'd hoped for. I pre-ordered the book, too ... since Rob Thomas was one of the writers, I have high hopes!

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    1. How cool! I love that so many fans MADE this happen - it makes the experience more rewarding and it's nice to hear that backers were happy with it (overall). I read that the DVD comes out in May so I'm already eager to own a copy and in fact have pre-ordered the book and film! Definitely have a lot of Veronica Mars fun this spring. :)

      Glad to get your perspective, Becky. :)

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  9. I've always wanted to watch Veronica Mars! And I've heard so much about it recently between the Kickstarter and the movie's release. I've had a few friends who completely rewatched the show with the release and they've been going on and on about it. I suppose I will have to join the fun and watch it soon. :) Great review!!

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    1. Indeed, you should, Rachel! If you like a sassy female heroine (and don't mind wishy-washy romantic choices) then you'd like the show (and eventually the film). I think it's probably more rewarding to see the show first but the movie is reasonably self-explanatory. If you decide to jump on board, I'd love to get your thoughts! :)

      Thanks for reading.

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  10. YES! A Veronica Mars movie review! Like you, I watched the show for the first time last year and I LOVED it. There really is no other show quite like it. When I heard about the movie campaign I can't even tell you how excited I was! It sounds really good...I cannot wait to see it!!! Great review, Rissi!

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    1. Hi, Bekah! Glad you stopped by.

      How cool - I'm not the only girl who just recently became a V. Mars fan. ;) I don't feel so alone anymore. No there hasn't been another show like it (I agree) and that's what made it so "epic." Sure there were things that made me want to shake the characters (make a choice, Veronica!) but overall, it's one of those shows I'll enjoy rewatching. And bring on May! The DVD release cannot come soon enough.

      Let me know what you think once you see the film - I think most fans will be very happy with the result.

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