Veronica Mars (****3/4)
Neptune is a mess
Veronica and Logan
Old habits die hard
POSSIBLE SPOILERS AHEAD. And, warning, if you've never seen the show, you might know what I'm talking about.
As soon as I heard that Rob Thomas and Kristen Bell were starting a Kickstarter to bring Veronica Mars to the big screen, I was ready to throw my money at my computer. I am a huge fan of the sassy teen detective and her life in the 09er. The third season left us a little in the dark as to where Veronica was headed, but that tends to happen with TV series (especially ones with a quasi cult following), so I was so excited to find out what Veronica, Logan, Keith, Wallace, Mac, Weevil, Dick and all of the other Neptune kids had been up to since the show went off the air.
The movie takes place 10 years after high school graduation. Veronica is living in New York with college boyfriend, Piz, with whom she's recently reconnected. She's about to take the bar exam and is interviewing with a prestigious law firm when she gets a call from soulmate (LoVe forever!) Logan Echolls, who's once again involved in a murder case. Veronica heads back to Neptune to help Logan find a lawyer, but ends up staying way longer than expected to actually solve the case.
During her investigation, Veronica has run-ins with an amazing amount of old friends/acquaintances/nemesis. It's really amazing and awesome how many people came back for a role in the film. Apart from the main characters—Kristen Bell as Veronica, Jason Dohring as Logan, Enrico Colantoni as Keith Mars, Chris Lowell as Piz, Percy Daggs III as Wallace, Tina Majorino as Mac, Ryan Hansen as Dick, Frances Capra as Weevil, I could go on—a lot of the actors with smaller roles in the TV show appeared as well. (I won't name them all so as to avoid spoilers, but there are a lot!) The entire cast fell right back into their roles and the decade between the last time they'd been together felt like it didn't even exist. And Dick's quips? Perfection.
The plot of the movie was like an extended version of an episode, which I liked. The mystery wasn't grandiose, but felt true to the feel of the series. I didn't see the killer coming, but then ... I might have been too concerned with how the Veronica/Logan dynamic was going to be resolved. I won't say too much, but I'm really happy with the resolution.
This is definitely a movie that all Veronica Mars fans should see. And if you're not a fan yet, you should watch all three seasons and the mini-pilot for the fourth season that never was and then watch the movie. You won't be disappointed.
(Want to discuss more? Spoilers are allowed in the comments!)