Written by: Carroll Jenkins on April 3rd, 2014
Theatrical Release Date: USA, March 8th, 2014 (South by Southwest Film Festival)
Production Company: Warner Bros.
Approximate running time: 107 minutes
Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1 Anamorphic Widescreen
Director: Rob Thomas
Writers: Rob Thomas, Diane Ruggiero
Cinematographer: Ben Kutchins
Composer: Josh Kramon
Cast: Kristen Bell, Jason Dohring, Enrico Colantoni, Chris Lowell, Percy Daggs III, Tina Majorino, Krysten Ritter, Martin Starr, Gaby Hoffmann, Andrea Estella, Jerry O’Connell
Synopsis: A former teenage high school student and part-time private investigator is all set for a perfect marriage and a perfect job until her old boyfriend is charged for murder just prior to her alma mater Neptune High having it’s 10 year reunion. How’s that for coincidence?
You are either in the club or not; there is no half way. Due to the serial nature of the original ‘Veronica Mars’ television series that ran three seasons on two different cable networks, there weren’t many casual viewers. But there were avid fans (many who discovered the series on DVD), and more than 90,000 contributed to a KickStarter campaign to bankroll a reunion move.
So it’s here and there are lots of insider jokes that will fly way over the heads of the uninitiated. A prime example: Veronica visits her old sort-of boyfriend cop that she used and abused and he says ‘I thought you were in the FBI’ and she replies ‘Maybe in another life’. That refers to this: an extra in the third season DVD set was a promo pitch for a fourth season where Veronica has joined the FBI, but it was never picked up. Even some fans will no doubt miss that one.
From the fan perspective, this is a very good, even great movie. It updates all the major (and many minor) character’s situations and pits Veronica against the corrupt police department. It even sets the table for a sequel or another series that won’t require the background exposition necessary in this one for the potential newbies.
Availability: The theatrical showing was rather limited, but it has been released on various web streaming services and will be available on Blu-ray / UltraViolet and DVD on May 6, 2014.
The uninitiated might not find much to love as it is low budget with a TV movie vibe and there are numerous ancillary characters that will seem completely extraneous and unnecessary if you don’t already know who they are. So do yourself a favor and watch the 3 seasons of the television show first.