Years after walking away from her past as a teenage private eye, Veronica Mars gets pulled back to her hometown - just in time for her high school reunion - in order to help her old flame Logan Echolls, who's embroiled in a murder mystery.
Former teenage private eye and now an aspiring New York City lawyer, Veronica Mars gets one phone call from ex-boyfriend Logan Echolls and she gets pulled right back into the seedy underbelly of Neptune, California. Logan's pop star girlfriend, Bonnie DeVille, has been murdered and he needs Veronica's help to clear his name. DeVille is a fellow Neptune High alum, and her murder and Veronica's return to Neptune coincide with their 10-year high school reunion. Veronica is face to face with old friends and foes alike and finds it's much harder to leave home a second time. Written by
Perfection. I was not disappointed. Well worth the wait.
Rob (and Diane) would seem to have had a difficult task in writing this. How to tie two threads together, over such a huge jump in time, how to craft a plot that accounted for things like the season four trailer, and how to make it all feel seamless. I recently re-watched all three seasons on Amazon, and I can only say that when I watched the movie, I felt like I was "home", and that all that lost time just didn't exist.
I can't imagine anyone who enjoyed the series, not fully enjoying this effort (and wishing that it would somehow "go on"). I would hope that it would have the potential of pulling in a larger audience, but that is more difficult to judge, having been a fan to begin with. I thought the series was super well written, many notches above a lot of other TV dribble, and had a killer cast to boot, so I was always amazed that it didn't get the numbers that one would have expected.
As with the series, the script is dripping with wit, both from Veronica, and also (as others have already mentioned) in references to events from the series. Newcomers might not pick up on some of it, but they would also not be distracted by any if it either. Those referential bits simply provide a few more "smile moments" for the rest of us, but are not required to follow or enjoy the story.
If you get off on action movies, with dialog written for 10-year olds, then you probably need to skip this film. If you enjoy well crafted scripts, with intelligent dialog, and with a love triangle and murder mystery thrown in to drive the plot, then even if you never watched the series, I would expect that you would still enjoy this film. You might even get hooked enough to find yourself streaming the series (all in HD, by the way), to find out what you missed, the first time around.
For the everyone else, who's simply been in "can't wait" mode for the last year, wondering if this great, ensemble cast could actually pull this off, and "be" those characters that you have missed. The answer is a resounding "yes".
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