Veronica Mars (2014)

Veronica Mars
Director: Rob Thomas
Writer: Rob Thomas, Diane Ruggiero-Wright
Sequel to: the Veronica Mars TV show
Cast: Kristen Bell, Jason Dohring, Enrico Colantoni, Chris Lowell, Percy Daggs III, Tina Majorino, Krysten Ritter, Martin Starr, Gaby Hoffmann, Andrea Estella, Jerry O’Connell, Francis Capra, Ryan Hansen
Seen on: 18.10.2018

Veronica (Kristen Bell) made it out of Neptune, California. She is now a lawyer in New York and in a relationship with Piz (Chris Lowell). But when her high school friend slash big love Logan (Jason Dohring) calls and asks for her help, Veronica returns. Logan’s girlfriend Bonnie (Andrea Estella) and Logan is being accused of the crime. Not wanting to get into deep, Veronica just agrees to help Logan find a good lawyer, but keeping the distance is easier said than done.

Veronica Mars (the movie) does offer some closure that was lacking in Veronica Mars (the TV show), but other than that, it doesn’t really have much to offer. For fans of the series, it will be a must see, for everybody else it’s definitely not.

The film poster showing Veronica Mars (Kristen Bell) holding a huge camera.

I never watchede Veronica Mars when it came out, but having heard good things about the series, I decided to catch up with it. I was not overly enthusiastic about it, overall, although I do think that there were some interesting things about it. Nevertheless, I decided to watch the film (made almost ten years after the show ended), too, especially since the series really doesn’t end very well.

Getting the closure lacking from the show was nice (it’s kind of ironic that the main selling point for me was closure considering that the film was the kick-off for another season of the show) and the film manages to pick up the threads of the show very well. But that also means that its plot doesn’t really matter at all, it’s just a vehicle to check in with everybody who ever appeared on the show, making the film a bit of a weird watch, especially when you a) weren’t that crazy about the show to begin with and b) just watched it anyway.

Logan (Jason Dohring) and Veronica (Kristen Bell) looking at a laptop.

But the bigger issue for me was that the film doesn’t manage to solve the biggest problem I had with the show, but rather continues it: I just don’t get Logan. He is obviously framed as The One for Veronica and their on/off-will they/won’t they dynamic is a huge driving force for both show and film, but I just don’t feel it. There is no spark there for me, no interest at all: give me Veronica and Piz any day of the week instead.

But this fact gives me the confidence to say that it you liked the show, you definitely won’t be disappointed by the film – it is that close in tone and feel. In fact, it doesn’t actually work on its own, it needs the show – and to a certain extent the show needs it. Meanwhile I will be thinking about whether I want to watch the new episodes or not. We’ll see.

Keith Mars (Enirco Colantoni) with Cliff McCormack (Daran Norris) and Sheriff Dan Lamb (Jerry O'Connell).

Summarizing: just for fans of the show.

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