Running Time: 1 hour 47 minutes
When her troubled ex-boyfriend Logan (Jason Dohring) is charged with the murder of his pop-star girlfriend, Veronica Mars (Kristen Bell) is lured back to the hometown she thought she had left behind for good 9 years earlier. Even though all of the evidence points to Logan, Veronica is certain that something bigger is going on and she dusts off her old P.I. skills help him. Before long she is crossing paths with many of the familiar faces from her past as she discovers that a long-hidden secret is poised to shine a harsh light on some of the most prominent citizens of Neptune.
I was a die-hard fan of the TV series and my biggest fear going into this movie was that series creator Rob Thomaswould not be able to recapture the magic of the show’s original run and that we wouldn’t feel the same chemistry between the characters. I needn’t have worried. From the first scene the trademark whip-smart dialogue and tone are established and you know that you are about to experience something special. Amazingly, almost every significant character from the show is given their due and Veronica resumes her verbal sparring matches as if they had never stopped.
The mystery that Veronica is tasked with solving is nicely layered and packed densely with the shows historical mythology. Thomas and Co. are able to dangle enough evidence in front of us to keep us guessing, but he never shows his cards too soon, making the resolution all the more satisfying since it didn’t come cheap. The magnetism between Dohring and Bell is so intense that it isn’t a stretch to believe that she would put her life on hold to fly across the country if he truly needed her. Returning players Tina Majorino, Percy Daggs III and Ryan Hansenprovide us with the laughs that were always the palate cleanser between the heavier scenes of the original show that allowed it to be such an easy watch and they are indispensable in the movie. Veronica Mars gave me everything I wanted and more and if you were ever a fan of the TV show, I can’t recommend it strongly enough. A
I too, am a huge fun of the TV series. What I loved most about the movie was that Rob Thomas managed to capture the tone and quirkiness of the original series, without sacrificing anything. The acting was strong, as was the dynamic chemistry and dialogue between the leads.
As much as I loved the film, there is something missing from the big-screen adaptation...complexity. The movie was really just an extended episode of the show and didn't have the sense of grandeur that I think it needed for the big screen. Don't get me wrong, I enjoyed every minute of the movie, but I would have loved it just as much at home in front of my television. A-