Directed By: Rob Thomas
Written By: Rob Thomas and Diane Ruggiero
Rated: PG 13
Time: 107 min
Starring: Kristen Bell, Jason Dohring, Chris Lowell, Ryan Hansen, Krysten Ritter, Percy Daggs III, Tina Majorino, Francis Capra Ken Marino, Enrico Colantoni
Plot: Veronica Mars has put Neptune and her amateur sleuthing days behind her on the eve of graduating law school. While interviewing at high-end law firms, Veronica gets a call from her ex-boyfriend Logan who has been accused of murder. Veronica heads back to Neptune just to help Logan find an attorney, but when things don’t seem right with how Logan’s case is perceived and handled, Veronica finds herself being pulled back into a life she thought she had left behind.
Comments: 9 years ago, my heart broke a little when there was no more Veronica to hang with every week. A long time ago, we used to be friends…but then she left me. I may have cried. I missed Neptune. I missed LoVe (Logan/Veronica…fellow marshmallows understand this). Thankfully it came back and I got to visit Neptune all over again and hug Daddy Mars. E was new to the show and had no idea what was going on, Sarah had just finished binge watching all the seasons in the past two weeks, Finn and Jenna were late to the party but not hard core fans (Finn was bitter about the whole post Buffy push that occurred when it first aired…watch this it’s the next Buffy. Joss is even in an episode)and Keith, Sarah, and I were hard core Marshmallows who were infinitely excited that Xbox was letting us squee all nerd like in my home since it never came even remotely close to our neck of the woods (a slight drawback when living in Montana).
The film opening serves a primer to those who are new to the party or haven’t visited in a while (guilty as charged) complete with theme song, voiceover, and marshmallow squishiness. Former teen PI Veronica Mars (Kristen Bell) left Neptune 9 years ago, and is on her way to joining a high powered law firm (love the middle finger lipstick schtick.) Carrie Bishop, aka pop-star Bonnie DeVille has been murdered. As her on again off again boyfriend of a couple of years Logan Echolls (Jason Dohring) who is Veronica’s ex is the prime suspect (again), especially when he was found with her body. Veronica heads back to her old hunting ground to see if she can help at all. Things haven’t really changed have they despite what we may have been led to believe. Neptune is still Neptune where the haves and have nots don’t mix well. Dick is still Dick. Mac and Wallace are still awesome (Tina I love your hair). However Logan shows up in a Naval uniform…that’s new (and oh so right).
What don’t we get in this movie? We have snarky and smart quips, chock full of pop culture references, cameos, a high body count (wasn’t expecting that), nerdy cameos by James Franco, a reference to Veronica’s alternate universe FBI profession, clever characters we know, love, and miss, the rich being tied up in yet another murder plot, and Daddy Mars being the most awesome and protective dad ever (Enrico you are amazing). I was a little surprised that there was no mention of Duncan Kane as he played a large part in Veronica’s life and I felt so bad for Piz, even though he never had a chance for a happily ever after with Veronica.
The film brought a lot of closure for me, but also we have decided that more films need to be made. We kickstarted you once, we can do it again. This was a perfect little love letter to the fans, thank you all. I must admit I am a junkie too. I cannot leave Neptune behind. It is always going to be there. I am always going to want to go back again. I feel the same way about the Hellmouth too.