Just call me a ‘Marshmallow.’
From Nancy Drew and Shelby Woo to Veronica Mars and Isabel Spellman, I’ve never met a snarky female mystery solver I didn’t like. (I assume I was one in a previous life–a less clumsy life.) But Veronica Mars has always topped the list. I mean, she got me through my awkward years. Therefore, you can only imagine my happiness when it was announced that Kristen Bell and Veronica Mars writer/creator Rob Thomas had launched a Kickstarter campaign in March 2013 to fund a Veronica Mars movie to finally tie up some loose ends. (If you want to read more about that, click here.)
The show was canceled in the middle of the 3rd season, leaving many character story lines open or just plain wrong…(did anyone actually like Veronica with Piz?) Anyway, the movie *finally* came out this past weekend in select cities and also OnDemand and digital download. I was ecstatic to finally (after 7 years) be able to jump back into a story with characters I knew and a place I had grown to love–good ‘ole Neptune.
Overall, I give it 3 stars.
It’s clear that Veronica had grown up and even has a big girl job, but she still has that classic snark, and it had matured along with her. It’s fun to see her interact with her dad and her friends, and it feels real. Speaking of her friends, it fun to get to see all of the old characters we’ve grown to love (or hate) over the years. There’s, of course, Mac and Wallace, but we also get to see bitchy Madison Sinclair, detective Leo (Schmidt from ‘New Girl’, anyone?!), crazy party girl Gia, and of course, lovelorn Logan.
This brings me to a problem I had with the movie. Can anyone, at all, believe the far-fetched idea pitched to us that Logan somehow managed to clean up his life, and is now a member of the Navy? And he also happens to be such a good person that he is only dating his superstar girlfriend to be a sort of sponsor to her and keep her from her partying ways? I’ll answer that with a big fat no. It was ridiculous.
Speaking of his girlfriend whose murder serves as the basis for the overall mystery…
It’s a good idea for a mystery, but given that the time-frame was only an hour and a halfish versus an entire season, there were just too many coincidences and not enough details. Obviously it was a little hard to believe that everything coincided with the 10 year reunion and that it would happen to have involved everyone in Neptune.
But I can forgive the plot holes and all-too-coincidental coincidences because I love the franchise and I will support it as long as it continues. I would be SO down for them relaunching the show. But I want the old Logan back.