2014 / Director. Rob Thomas.
Review by Glenn Cochrane.
When the VERONICA MARS film came about last year I knew that I couldn't just leap into it. It was a film based on a short lived TV series of the same name and demanded a knowledge of back-story and characters. I never gave the show much consideration when it aired 10 years ago but I was definitely aware of the buzz that surrounded it. And so before I went ahead and watched the new movie I took it upon myself to become a fanboy. Yep, I recently sat through the entire series and became smitten with it. The show followed the misadventures of a teenage sleuth, Veronica Mars, who with the help of her PI father investigates crimes in a wealthy and affluent Californian town. On the surface it was just another teen drama but once immersed in its storyline it was impossible to escape. The characters were well written and the storyline was solid, albeit frustrating at times. So 10 years since the show's cancellation the creators embarked on a fan-based crowdfunding crusade and got a new feature film made (O-M-G). The result was almost like a teen version of TWIN PEAKS: FIRE WALK WITH ME... that is to say that it reunited most of it's original cast and continued the legacy by relying on established dynamics and overarching narratives. Clearly VERONICA MARS is a film for fans and all others need not bother. Kristen Bell steps back into her Veronica shoes with ease and with age has come wisdom and a whole new outlook, which is rich for exploiting in future films. The strength of this franchise lies in its effortless blending of comedy, drama and suspense. It is a genuinely effective thriller and its film noir stylings give it a greater appeal outside of its target demographic. Committing to a TV series just to watch a movie is a big undertaking and my self-imposed initiation into a VM Fanboy was totes worth it. Gimme more!