What the ‘Veronica Mars’ Movie Got Right!

Kristen Bell in VERONICA MARS (Image Credit: Warner Bros.)
Kristen Bell in VERONICA MARS (Image Credit: Warner Bros.)

A long time ago, we used to be friends. Seven years ago if you’re a Veronica Mars fan. But some friendships have a kind of magic that allows you to pick back up as though nothing has changed even if you haven’t seen each other for several years. I’m happy to say that Veronica Mars is one of those friends.

The March 14 release of the cult-show’s crowd-sourced movie brought back everything you’d expect from creator Rob Thomas.

Your favorite characters

Pretty much the whole gang is back. I was surprised by how much of the cast from the series was in the movie. For a movie shot so quickly, they were really able to get everyone’s schedules lined up and I think it’s one of the things that makes the movie work. If it was only the core returning, we would have had to spend too much time getting to know people to get to the stuff that we really wanted. Sadly, this means that the buddy movie between Mac and Veronica that I really wanted couldn’t happen, but it was a worthy sacrifice.

No one has really changed

Yes, they grew up and they matured some, but each character is still very much the person they were at Neptune High. Veronica’s experience going back to Neptune is the same that so many people have going back home after an extended period away. This means you can expect the same kinds of quips from people like Dick Casablancas and Mac along the way! It’s comforting, in a way; it keeps both the nostalgia for our past and the creep factor of Neptune right at the surface.

The cameos and pop-culture references!

You know how we all loved it in the series when Johnathan Taylor Thomas was in an episode? How about when Lucy Lawless made her appearance? I’m not going to spoil anything, but there are some good ones in the movie as well.

Plus, the comments that pull in other fandoms and make you feel like Neptune is a real place in our world instead of the bubble that many fictional towns seem to exist in? Yeah, those are still there too!

The structure.

Rob Thomas managed to make the movie feel both like an extended episode and a condensed season in one package. Not all shows can make the transition to film. Sometimes the writing feels like it belongs in one large story arc that’s broken down into smaller pieces, but this one nailed it with the pacing and story being adjusted perfectly to fit into less than two hours without feeling like it was stretched too thin.

A satisfying end.

That good thing with the structure means that Thomas and company were successful in wrapping up everything necessary in the movie, without closing out the world of Neptune to the possibility of another visit. It’s the little bit of hope that any project like this should come with!

Have you seen the movie yet? What else do you think they did right? Was there somewhere that they missed the mark? Let us know in the comments!

 

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