Oh, how long we have waited to have more of that Veronica Mars wit. She was tough as nails, but then we discovered that she really was, just a marshmallow.
It’s been seven years since the TV show ended and despite re-watching the entire three seasons over and over again, it was time that we got a look into ‘Veronica Mars, 10 years later’.
The premise, as all fans/interested onlookers would already have heard about by now, is about Veronica, 10 years after leaving Neptune and Neptune High. She is living in New York, has left the private eye business and is looking forward to her future in the big city. However, a new case involving Logan Echolls, Veronica’s ex, headlines the news everywhere and she is drawn back to Neptune, just in time for her 10-year high school reunion.
But there is so much more to the film. I don’t want to give away anything that might spoil the experience for you, but I read in an interview that Rob Thomas wrote the film script for the fans, and this is so true. There were so many moments where I was grinning from ear to ear because there was a reference to the TV series. Many of the characters from the show made their way into the film, which was like seeing old friends again. Not only this, but there are totally random and hilarious cameos.
Of course, seeing the TV series is not a prerequisite for the film, but if you have seen it, it makes it all that much sweeter.
Also, there is plenty of Veronica’s trademark voiceovers and snarky, witty remarks/actions. Just take one of the first scenes where Veronica quickly and casually takes down a sexist rival by flipping him the bird and then using it to apply lipstick. Ah, you’ll see what I mean. Also this:
Seeing the film, it was like an extended episode of Veronica Mars rather than a full film. Yes, it is filmed a little differently and it’s basically one main case that is solved, however I found that it left many questions unanswered. At the end, I was left with the feeling that we had just had a nice little reunion, but it’s like the way was paved for either a second movie, or what I would prefer, a new season of Veronica Mars.
That being said, I would be worried that anything new (movie or series) would be in danger of ruining the show. There is something to be said about letting good things lie and quitting while you’re ahead. Of course, back then, in 2007 I would have liked a continuation of the series, but after all these years, I kind of like the status that Veronica Mars has achieved and maintained. It was a great show and will remain so. Let’s not ruin that.
All in all, as a Veronica Mars fan, I was happy that this movie was created and more happy to see how many other people around the world love the characters, the relationships and most of all, Veronica Mars herself. Since the series I have been a big Kristen Bell fan, and she just keeps surprising with her vocal talents, humour and passion. I’m glad that she, and many of the other cast members went on to do more.
I would have liked to have seen more of Wallace and Mac, but that’s just me wanting more of everything. Definitely a must-see.
I’ll be looking out for the book series that kicks off mid-March (just a few more days!). According to Thomas, the story picks up right after the movie. ‘The Ten Thousand Dollar Tan Line’ takes place in Neptune during Spring Break.
“When a girl disappears from a party, Veronica is called in to investigate. But this is no simple missing person’s case; the house the girl vanished from belongs to a man with serious criminal ties, and soon Veronica is plunged into a dangerous underworld of drugs and organized crime. And when a major break in the investigation has a shocking connection to Veronica’s past, the case hits closer to home than she ever imagined.”