Any television show that doesn’t conclude by tying up its loose ends is asking for trouble. Particularly those who enjoy a show that is 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.
Veronica Mars(2014) Film Review
In high school, she’s a rebel; a popular girl who’s shunned the wealthy kids circle which turns her into a tough-skinned, don’t-care-what-others-think girl. During the summers, she helps 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 (Kristin Bell) tells us.
This is all before she sees a news story about the murder of her former classmate, Carrie Bishop and a former love of her life, Logan Echolls (Jason Dohring), who’s now 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 has been six years in the making, and it’s finally here. Because of this, beware the fan-girling. Based on Rob Thomas’ popular teen drama, Veronica Mars (on for a mere three season run), this movie is definitely icing on the cake for fans. This Veronica Mars (2014) version is better because of its kickstarter campaign; fans met and surpassed the funds to produce this film in record time. Last year, I binge watched all of the episode, and jumped on the V. Mars fandom. Then learned of the kickstarter campaign before I really knew of its existence. Needless to say when I watched the final third season episode, knowing a film would happen made the experience complete.
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). This includes Weevil (Francis Capra), Wallace (Percy Daggs III), and Mac (Tina Marjorino). All of these familiar favorites help give fans the closure we need. Many people were happy with this two-hour film, and enjoy the “heavy” dose of Logan/Veronica screen time. (The first time they lay eyes on each other… aww!) There is plenty of that, but there’s satisfaction beyond that of a love/hate romantic entanglement finally finding a healthier footing.
What’s most pleasant to watch develop, and change is Veronica discovering her own peace. Last we saw her, she’s cut up about her dad’s campaign, and tries to sort out complicated romantic emotions, and trying to decide what’s next. Seeing her come into her own is worth seeing the movie; no matter what else happens.
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So what else does 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 adore Logan in the show; and others when I want Veronica to break it off and stay away from the dude who oftentimes brings nothing but grief into her life. One thing that does impress is once Veronica and Logan quit feuding, he’s protective 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 liking. We underestimate some characters and learn not to trust others but in the end, Thomas and the cast do a grand job of making this an entertaining “conclusion.”
The whip-smart dialogue is still here, the humor is sensational, there’s a lot of excitement (suspense is definitely heightened in big-screen format!) and though emotions are bittersweet, really if this is to be the last we see of Veronica, it’s 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 a return to Neptune. It’s kind of like a walk with the best friend you haven’t seen in years; and easily, you’ll right back into the rhythm as if no time at all has passed.
(Disclosure: this post does contain affiliate links; if you buy anything through these links, I may receive a small percentage of the sale at no extra cost to you. Read the disclosure page for details.)You can watch Veronica Mars (2014) digitally with a subscription to HBO (via Amazon) or find it on Blu-ray! You can also find the “complete set” (TV show and movie) on DVD.