DIG Box Office: Veronica Mars makes her way to the big screen

BY: PAUL ESPARZA

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The Veronica Mars Movie is everything fans of the show have been waiting for. The fan-funded movie premiered Friday and it is certain to please audiences. The teen mystery show was cancelled in 2007 after a short lived three seasons leaving viewers everywhere wanting more. The show gained a cult following which eventually lead to the success of the Kickstarter project that launched the movie. In March of 2013 creator Rob Thomas and Kristen Bell launched the Veronica Mars Movie Project. The goal was 2 million and in less than 10 hours the goal was met and broke several Kickstarter project records. By the end of the campaign it had received over 5 million dollars in donations.

Percy Daggs III, Jason Dohring, Chris Lowell, Francis Capra, Enrico Colantoni, Tina Majorino, Ryan Hansen and Krysten Ritter all signed onto the movie to reprise their roles as Neptune residents.

The story is set nine years after we last saw Veronica (Kristen Bell) and she had broken her ties with the city of Neptune as she is on her way to becoming a New York lawyer. She soon finds that escaping the grasp of Neptune is not that easy as she is lured into the murder case of an old classmate. Her ex-boyfriend, Logan Echolls (Jason Dohring), is accused of the murder and it’s up to Veronica to clear his name. Despite her desire to leave her old private investigator lifestyle behind she cannot get herself to walk away as she uncovers that the murder is much more twisted and motivated than she originally imagined it to be.

The end of the movie felt rushed, not because it was too short, but because they spent so much time building up the story that the climax of the movie doesn’t come until nearly the end where the solution is met almost immediately.  I would have liked Veronica’s investigation to have been more extensive and detailed. Rather, the movie chose to focus on her relationships. If the movie wanted to allude to past relationships, then the primary focus should have been her friendship with Wallace and Mac ( Daggs and Majorino). It is upsetting how little screen time these two characters got considering how important they were in the series.

Even though this is a TV inspired movie, it can stand as its own film without needing to watch the series. However, fans of the show will find it more enjoyable as there are several allusions and callbacks to the original series, and with majority of the original cast, including minor characters, it was hard not to fan-girl. They do an excellent job at integrating all the beloved and hated characters without derailing from the plot of the story. There are also several cameo appearances from James Franco, Justin Long, Martin Starr, and Dave Allen.

The movie is mysterious and humorous and watching this movie might even inspire non-marshmallows to binge on the series.