SXSW 2014: “Veronica Mars” – Review by MovieManMenzel

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The Marshmallow is Back!

Veronica Mars is the film continuation of the popular television series that ran from 2004 to 2007. The series started off with a rather small but dedicated fan base. After three seasons, fans were devastated to learn about the show’s cancelation. Over the past 7 years, die hard fans have been inquiring about whether or not Veronica will ever return. This 7 year battle ultimately lead to a KickStarter campaign that raised $5.7 million to fund the film.

It has been 8 years since we have last seen Veronica Mars (). Veronica is now living in New York City and is trying to get a job in a high profile law firm. When leaving an interview, Veronica sees on the news that her old flame Logan Echolls () is being accused of murdering his pop star girlfriend. Shortly after hearing the news, Logan calls Veronica to ask her to come back to Neptune to investigate his case.

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Upon her return, Veronica reunites with her father Keith Mars () and her two best friends Cindy ‘Mac’ Mackenzie () and Wallace Fennel (). While home, Veronica begins to investigate the murder that Logan is being accused of. The investigation leads ultimetely leads Veronica having to attend a Neptune High reunion with various prime subjects in the murder as well as some of Veronica’s enemies.

Before I continue this review, I must point out thatVeronica Mars is a movie that was really made for the fans. There is no doubt in my mind that after the World Premiere on March 8, 2014 at SXSW that fanboys and fangirls are already crossing their fingers and toes for a sequel. As a pretty big fan of the series myself, I have to say that the film did a great job of reintroducing us to these beloved characters while including a lot of “inside jokes” that only fans of the series will pick up on.

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If you don’t know the show, fear not. Veronica Mars opens with a quick recap that gives the newbies a bit of background on Veronica as a character. The recap lasts about 5 minutes which also serves also serves as a good refresher for the fans, but then again, we all know the diehard fans don’t need it. While it isn’t necessary to see the show before you see this film, I think anyone who has seen the show will have a much greater appreciation for what the film sets out to do.

Just like in the series, there are a lot of twists and turns in Veronica Mars. The plot here isn’t as strong as some of the stronger episodes in the series, but it still serves as a damn good “Return of Veronica” movie. Without going into too much detail, the story gets all the major players involved that fans love introducing some new characters like  as the whacky Ruby Jetson.  There are enough cameos in this film that will make fans extremely happy as well as a clever homage to the series theme song near the beginning of the film. 

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I’m telling you Veronica, we cannot make the fans wait another 8 years for a sequel!

After the premiere, Rob Thomas and the cast made their way onto the stage at the Paramount. I could tell Rob was truly happy that the fans loved the film. The entire cast showcased their appreciation multiple times by stating ” this film would have never been made possible without of fans like you supporting it.” Bell even discussed that at the time of casting for the original series, she was just looking for work and never expected the series to be what it is today. I truly feel that everyone involved in this project did it because they loved working together and the characters they portrayed. This alone makes Veronica Mars feel extra special.

All in all, Veronica Mars is the 8 year return that fans have been waiting for. Series creator, writer, and director, Rob Thomas makes a fine effort transferring these characters from the small screen to the big screen. The pacing moves along nicely and there are several moments that will have fans cheering. I can only hope that the film does well enough in theaters and on VOD that we will be able to see a Veronica Mars 2 without another 8 year wait. The Marshmallow is back!

MovieManMenzel’s final rating for Veronica Mars is an 8 out of 10. 

Oh and for the ladies reading this…SPOILER ALERT, Veronica and Logan do hook up again.  I know you were all hoping for it.

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