Tuesday, June 10, 2014

Now at Netflix: Veronica Mars (2014)

Veronica Mars (2014) - Directed by Rob Thomas; Written by Thomas, Diane Ruggiero; Starring Kristen Bell, Jason Dohring, Enrico Colantoni, Chris Lowell, Percy Daggs III, Tina Majorino, Krysten Ritter, Martin Starr, Gaby Hoffman, Jerry O'Connell, Max Greenfield, Ryan Hansen, Ken Marino, James Franco, Jamie Lee Curtis, Dax Shepard.

By Kenny Howell

It's like the TV show was never cancelled.

Veronica Mars, which made a bit of news for being mostly crowd funded on Kickstarter, really feels like it is just another, longer episode of the show. It's surprising how familiar it all feels without feeling dated. Everyone just slips right in to their old characters and kick off another adventure for Veronica.

I was a fan of the show. It's a bit kitschy and silly, but it never took itself too seriously. It was clever and fun, and that all ran smoothly because of Kristen Bell. She is now a star because of the show, and that same charisma is in this film as well.

We are roughly 10 years down the road, and Veronica has moved on from her teenage private investigator life. She is now living in New York with her boyfriend Piz (Lowell), and about to accept a job as a lawyer at a major firm. But a pop star back in her hometown of Neptune, Calif. turns up dead, and her ex-boyfriend Logan (Dohring) is the main suspect. He has straightened his life out and joined the military, but trouble keeps seeming to find him. Veronica goes back to visit and see if she can help him find a lawyer, but she gets pulled back into her old PI world.

The movie was made for fans, and it gives them pretty much what they want. Like I said, it seems like the show never ended, and fans have been clamoring for another season or movie for years. People who are not familiar with the series might have a little trouble getting into the world, but I think Bell's performance is enough to at least entertain the most skeptical newcomer.

Veronica Mars is also available at Redbox, iTunes and Amazon.

Rating: ***

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