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The world of cult TV is a peculiar one. Television shows are canceled all the time, but through the world of DVDs, Netflix, and Amazon, shows pulled from network schedules before their time now have the opportunity to grow a loyal, faithful audience long after the grass has grown over their graves. Those fans often wonder if they'll ever see their favorite characters again, and every once in awhile that wish comes true. Seven years after it was canceled, Veronica Mars, which became a cult phenomenon since it premiered its last new episode on The CW in 2007, returned for one more mystery, this time on the big screen.

As any true fan can tell you, Veronica Mars was a witty, one-of-a-kind teen noir series that tackled everything from rape and murder to class warfare. A social outcast after her sheriff father (Enrico Colantoni) wrongfully accused a very rich, very powerful man of murdering his daughter (who was Veronica's best friend and the sister of Veronica's boyfriend), Veronica Mars (Kristen Bell) was largely on her own in a town full of obnoxious and privileged children of movie stars and CEOs. But the Southern California town of Neptune was divided along class lines. Veronica didn't fit in with the popular kids, known as the 09-ers, after her father's wrongful accusation, but she didn't fit in with the working class either on account of her former association to those same 09-ers. She became a fierce, independent teen whose weapon of choice against her enemies was her mind, her wit, and the occasional stun-gunning. Each episode of the series tackled a new mystery for Veronica to solve, while an overarching larger mystery unfolded over the course of the entire season. It's not every day a series like Veronica Mars shows up on TV, and so it makes perfect sense that Veronica Mars in its film incarnation be as unique as the series from which it was born.


Funded by fans via a Kickstarter that broke several records and reached its goal of $2 million in less than 12 hours, the Veronica Mars film was a labor of love for all parties involved. The movie, which looked great despite not having had the funds it would have had if it had been completely backed by the studio, felt like an extended episode of the TV series. Some people might look at that and see a failure, but to any Veronica Mars fan, that's the highest form of praise. Instead of an ending, the movie felt like a brand-new chapter recently discovered at the end of a favorite book. 

Series creator Rob Thomas has always been cognizant of the fact that the film would not exist if it weren't for the fans, and has said on more than one occasion that it was imperative that they make a film that would do right by the fans who donated their hard-earned cash to bring this beautiful work to life. And that's what he did. He created a film that he knew the fans would love. And he should know, because he's probably the series' biggest fan outside of Kristen Bell herself. Without Thomas and Bell keeping alive their dream of one day shooting a film, fans might have given up hope of ever returning to the seedy seaside town of Neptune, California. 

By the time Veronica traded in her pin-straight hair and fancy New York lawyer duds for the jeans, jacket, and beach waves uniform she wore for three seasons, it was clear Veronica was never going to go back to the seemingly perfect life she had in New York with Piz (Chris Lowell). It doesn't matter if everyone knew going in that she'd end up choosing Neptune over New York and ex-boyfriend Logan (Jason Dorhing) over Piz, because it's exactly what the fans wanted to see. It's what the fans paid upfront to see. It's the open-ended ending the fans waited seven years for. In short: The film delivered.

The movie, which followed the first case Veronica had worked since she transferred to Stanford after one year at Hearst College, and which happened to coincide with her 10 year high school reunion, felt exactly like that: A reunion. Because Thomas wanted to please the fans, the movie attempted to bring back as many original cast members from the series as possible, from the still-bitchy Madison Sinclair (Amanda Noret), to the dirty and shameless Vinnie Van Lowe (Ken Marino), who might actually be living in a van now, to the effortlessly charming Deputy-now-detective Leo (Max Greenfield). The movie was a parade of familiar faces, but to fans of the series, it felt a bit like home. Each time a character appeared on screen, it was a wink and a nod to fans. The theater I was in collectively sighed aloud when Leo appeared. The film itself probably won't do anything to bring in new fans, but its mere existence might inspire people to find the series on Amazon Prime just to find out what all the fuss is about.


It makes sense that the person to pull Veronica back to Neptune and the private eye world was Logan. He'd been part of the reason she'd left town and their self-proclaimed epic love story was left unfinished. If I take issue with anything in the film, however, it would be the way in which it portrayed her relationship with both Logan and the job of being a private investigator as a drug. Over the course of the series, it was clear her relationship with Logan was toxic, but Logan has grown up and matured considerably in the nine years since we last saw him. Yes, he was quick to resort to violence when Veronica's sex tape played at the reunion, but that doesn't change the fact that Logan has come very far since his self-destructive days. He joined the navy and became a pilot. He became a stabilizing force for his girlfriend, Carrie Bishop, whose murder was the central mystery of the movie. Veronica might not have been able to quit Logan and her first taste of working a case in years might have been intoxicating, but I don't know that the addiction voiceovers helped sell the story, because it implies there's something wrong with it. 

Some might argue that that's true, that Veronica should have chosen the nice guy and the secure, high-paying job of being a lawyer, but Veronica was never meant for that world. She said it herself that she's an adrenaline-junkie, which plays into the addiction idea, but I don't think it's an addiction. I just think Veronica isn't content with the safe world provided by Piz and the world of law. Considering Veronica's own rap sheet and the fact that she was arrested for breaking and entering within a few days of returning to Neptune, it's obvious she'd never have been happy as a lawyer; She craves the excitement of the chase, she craves the excitement and passion of her relationship with Logan. We all know that in a perfect world, Veronica would have chosen Piz, but in the world of television and movies, she was always destined to return home to Neptune, to her father Keith, to the world of Mars Investigations, and yes, to Logan. 


Keith's vocal opposition to Veronica leaving New York and the opportunities there felt real and were grounded in reality. He's a father who only wants the best for his daughter. But like fetch, it was never going to happen. I could take issue with the fact that Veronica was awfully quick to jump back in to bed with Logan after Piz ended their relationship, but it's important to remember that in the world of film, there's not enough time for the slow-burn angst provided by television's serialized storytelling, which is something the series always excelled at. 

The mystery of who killed Carrie Bishop wasn't the most exciting or intricate case Veronica has ever tackled, but once again, the movie had to find a way to work in a case that would draw Veronica back to Neptune, as well as find a way to work in the cameos fans desperately wanted to see in a short, finite amount of time. Revealing Martin Starr's new character Stu "Cobb" Cobbler to be Carrie's murderer made sense, because having it be someone fans knew and loved would have been crushing to the audience. The fact that Dick really never knew the truth about what happened to Susan Knight on that boat was in line with the Dick that fans have come to love or come to love to hate. In short, everything that happened in the film felt just right.

Success in this industry will always be measured by how much money a film makes, and there is a special dollar amount the movie must bring in to warrant a sequel, but to fans of the series, none of that really matters. It was never about the money, it was about seeing Veronica, Logan, Keith, Wallace, Mac, Dick, Weevil, and Piz again. Veronica Mars' success will never be measured in dollar signs, but in whether or not the film made fans happy, and  to that end it definitely succeeded. It was easy to slip back into the world of Neptune and these characters we've come to know and love as if they're people we know in real life. This show and this movie mean something different to every fan; I saw the film with a friend I'd made nearly 10 years ago because of a shared love for television, and Veronica Mars specifically. Our friendship was literally born in the seedy underbelly of Neptune, and I wouldn't have wanted to watch the film with anyone else. I'd spent hours discussing the Lily Kane murder case with her, and so to watch this new chapter in Veronica's story unfold together felt like we'd come full circle in that moment. 

Thomas Wolfe was wrong when he said you can't go home again, because Veronica returned to the world of Neptune and it felt right. And everything about the Veronica Mars film felt right. It wasn't without its flaws, but in this instance, those flaws, much like the flaws of Neptune itself, are what makes it so entertaining. Whether or not Warner Bros. decides to revisit Veronica's story, either in movie or television form (there are already plans for a book series, and a short web series spin-off on The CW Seed) doesn't really matter, because the movie tied up the dangling threads left by the series' unfortunate cancellation, but also left the door open for a future return. A long time ago, we used to be friends, but it's obvious now that those friendships are for a lifetime. 


NOTES/FAVORITE MOMENTS/QUOTES


– Dick Casablancas was back in fine form in the movie: "Is anyone surprised that I am the only one in this room who does not have a sex tape?", "Welcome to the B.C., bitch!", "I can feel my self-worth coming back right now!", "Hoobity-boobities." Be still my seriously messed up heart.

– I'm torn on how Weevil's story ended. In a way, it felt right to see see Weevil get back on his bike, but he scored a hot wife and has a daughter now! Having Celeste Kane shoot him, though, was not worth having Celeste Kane in the movie. That's probably one cameo the film could have done without.

– Let's Go Back to My Van: The Vinnie Van Lowe Story (Please, please, please for the love of all that is holy let Rob Thomas write this book and release as part of the Veronica Mars canon. I would buy like 30 copies and give them out to all my friends.)

– R.I.P. Deputy Sacks, you were too precious for this world. I enjoyed that a character we'd come to know through his various appearances as a tertiary character on the series played a role like this one in the film. It's sad knowing he was the last good cop in Neptune and now he's dead. But like Veronica said, kudos for rocking the 'stache until it came back in style, man.

– R.I.P. Gia, you may not have been the smartest character, or even the best character, but you didn't deserve to die either.

– Who's worse: Sheriff Dan Lamb or Sheriff Don Lamb? It's Dan, right? 

– "Dance better."

– "Oh that's right, we were shooting some of our usual leg erotica." 


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AIRED ON 5/22/2007

Season 3 : Episode 20

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After quickly became a fan of iZombie I put Veronica Mars on my watch list. And being in that gap between spring finales and summer premieres, I figured now was a good time to watch it...and hey, look at that, they made a movie about the series. I'll tack that on after I watch the show.

Yeah, umm...I'm not quite sure I get it.

As a character, Veronica Mars suffered from the one thing that drives me bananas from female leads. Being smart 90% of the time in all facets of life and the remaining 10% being weak and pathetic because there's a boy around.

From the beginning to the end of the series, Logan was a complete douchebag and every time Veronica went back to him caused me more irritation than I should feel from a TV show. I was hoping that the movie would sort this all out for me.

Nope, not only do I not see Logan being redeemed (and dating somebody who's a bigger train wreck making him look good only by comparison), he pulled Veronica down and made her as much of an assh*le as he is. Disappointing. I was hoping to see the film as an opportunity to show how much she's grown up and matured...but I didn't know anything about the fan funding that made the film possible. Had I, I probably would have been prepared for a fanboy/fangirl homage.

Clearly, there were two purposes in making this film, put in as many cameos as possible, which is totally fun and playing to the Veronica/Logan shippers...which I won't pretend to understand, but I appreciate they're out there.

As a franchise, it's a shame it never became what I thought it had the potential to be, but, despite the conclusion, it wasn't bad either. If nothing else, I think it shows how much iZombie has taken the premise and elevated it.
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Well damn, if Logan didn't fill out that uniform. "You should wear this and only this forever" yes please!
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Finally saw the movie! Loved it! Was worth the wait. Everything worked out perfectly.

I weirdly love Dick, that hoobity boobities line cracked me up.
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Got to see the movie yesterday and I loved it. Had a couple of issues, but happy to overlook them at this point. But, what I am curious about: What's Dick been doing for the past 9 years and are he and Logan living together in a modest Craftsman house? What happened to their 09'er lifestyle?
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I finally got a chance to see it, and honestly, I think you're selling it entirely short by calling it an extended episode of the series. Yes it connects very well to the original, but it also holds up entirely on its own and even the explanation voice-over intro wasn't really necessary thanks to solid script work. We understood who, what, where, when, and why of the things we were supposed to understand; and we were left exactly the right trail of breadcrumbs to just hint at where we were going through the intentionally murkier waters of this mystery. This was a solid film noir detective film all the way, and an entertaining one. I think this movie is being marketed all wrong, and is suffering box office failure for it.

As for Piz, he played his part, he stopped accepting Veronica for who she was and started seeing her for who she assumed she wanted to be. This left him exactly where he needed to be: out of the picture. Imagine this story was a detective mystery with the gender roles reversed and the gal who stands by the dick - broken, seemingly-femme fatale, but loyal and good - is of course going to be the one who sticks with the hero. So it's not fair to call it fan service IMO, and honestly, the better part of a decade with Piz down the tubes is its own fascinating story to tell. Having Logan become a respected Navy pilot, you are totally right where THAT was fan service.

Veronica Mars always married hard boiled PI stories with modern teen girl settings well, and the movie got this right as well, it didn't hold back. The ticking clock of a movie meant that this story had to be solved in a rapid timeline, and even that was tackled well.

Krysten Ritter ends up being the real trooper in this film, she plays it all exactly right from vapid to awful to repentant, and I wouldn't have minded if it had been someone familiar like her who had been the killer (though Gia wasn't bright enough to pull this all off by herself, obviously), that would have felt more apt to Veronica Mars where everybody's got a devil on their shoulder and a skeleton in their closet.

I'm glad the movie ended with new cases for our hero - how to clear Weevil's name, and who took out Deputy Sacks - I'd rather not even see her solve them, just let the audience know that she could and will if their imaginations want to go there, that her story is open-ended in a way that fits the status quo.

I'll agree with you that Celest Kane's involvement was the singular cameo that felt unnecessary, but why not.

Gia helped a murderer get away with it, she doesn't deserve a box of candy.

Don Lamb was a special breed of awful, the smarm of Dan Lamb really wasn't quite the same.
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I just saw it! OMG that was amazing! I loved every second of it and I missed those faces! And there was one huge flaw. It made me crave for more!
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Loved the movie. I was impressed with the quality with what the budget it had to make it. It was better than many of the expensive movies. Rob Thomas knew what he was doing with the story and characters. I am happy that Veronica and Keith are still the best daughter and father pairing around.
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The movie was an orgy for fans. It took me two nights to finish the it because I would constantly pause and rewind. The scene between Veronica and "Deputy" Leo was spectacular. Their chemistry is off the charts. And when Leo mentioned he had heard somewhere that Veronica was with the FBI to which she replies "maybe in another life", I almost jizzed in my pants. If that's not love for fans from Thomas, I don't know what is.

My only problem with the movie was the constant parallels between Veronica's past need to find justice and right wrongs, and being addicted to danger. The series never once framed the story in that light.
It felt forced and odd to me. Sure, Veronica wanted to get out from the PI world before after the events of Season 1 but it was completely understandable - she almost got killed. But when Season 2 premiered she got back for Wallace's sake and then solving the bus crash had a personal significance for her - she thought she was the target.

She never did things for the love of danger alone. If anything, she did it for a bit of cash - the main incentive for taking on "cases of the week", so blatantly made obvious in Season 3's premiere "I might actually get paid" or Season 2's "Plan B" episode: " No, seriously, I'm gonna need fifty bucks if you expect me to keep listening".

A short season of Veronica Mars like BBC's Sherlock (3 to 4 episodes) would be amazing!
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The movie was the perfect love letter to fans. I am completely satisfied, minus Max Green bringing Schmidt to the movie instead of Deputy Leo.

Wish this show would go the True Detective 8-episode route on TNT or something.
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I agree Max Green was very Schmidt-y but I personally loved it... Leo had to grow up.... Plus it made for a really fun scene...
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OMg its how i felt :) he walked in and i was man its a Schmidt .................
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Was not the biggest fan of the show, but it was well done, and I'm happy the movie has been so successful. More than that, though, I'm incredibly impressed by the fan power and how the show was revived as a movie. Simply amazing, and it shows you that while networks can pull the plug in a move of politics/economy and stupidity, the people can bring it back.
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As someone who waited for the movie for years and got overexcited since hearing about the kickstarter, I loved watching the movie and I think it delivered most of what fans expected and wanted. So I felt it was worth my kickstarter donation (and I got a t-shirt too!!!)

Weirdly one of my favourite moments was the James Franco cameo. I thought it was hilarious and absurd and hilarious again. Every time we saw a character from the series it did feel like a cameo of sorts and had me cheering...

I did find that the movie felt obliged to make 'excuses' to justify Veronica's abandonment of her NY life. Kaitlin got it right in that the film seemed to be labelling Veronica's choice of a career of lesser status (PI) over kick ass NY lawyer as a negative (Veronica as victim of an 'addiction') which feels like a rather conservative and outdated point of view... And don't get me started on Piz whose presence was completely unnecessary in the movie when she could have been dating just any random guy. Re-hooking up with a college boyfriend of months seems unlikely other than to get Chris Lowell into the movie but whatever.
Anyway, small point in an overall great achievement by Thomas, Bell and everyone who I am sure did everything to be in the movie in spite of limited budgets and tight filming schedule.
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Agreed, Piz could've still been in the movie without being her destined to be dumped boyfriend.
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It was basically a master class in how to make a movie sequel to your cancelled TV shows. Rob Thomas effortlessly stepped up to the plate and knocked this one out of the park. When people say "six seasons and a movie," THIS is the movie they are talking about.
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I'm watching it again. I laughed and cried and just loved it. All the reading about it said because it was a fan financed movie that they made it a little more for fans. I just thought it was fun I'm
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I agree that it's tough to do these kinds of movies well because the story has to move along so quickly in what is, in essence, little more than a standard 2-part TV episode. There have been good examples (Serenity) and poor ones (the X-Files movies).

I think Rob Thomas pulled this one off and pulled it off well. The story moved along quickly, the writing was excellent and what we all remembered from the show, there was a quality story, and the cameos worked well.

I was entertained.
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WHAT THE HELL!!! Can you give a man a spoiler warning?!?
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Why would you read a REVIEW and not expect there to be spoilers?
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Sine it´s not supossed to be a recap, yes.
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Apologies, but for future reference, all TV.com reviews contain spoilers of the episode (or in this case, movie) being reviewed.
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Everything I could have hoped for and more

I'm with you, no matter what happens in the future, I'm just glad we got another chapter in the Veronica Mars story.
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Just watched it and I loved it!! After so many years it was just perfect to see those characters I love!
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I liked it. It still had the VM feel and Logan and Ver were still so hot together. The chemistry still worked. Its amazing after all this time they all still look like they could play teens or first year uni students. LOL I am happy to have this closure. I am a bit sad it looked like things were going back to normal with Weevil. He was doing so well. With a daughter, I think it was a little far fetched that he would just slide back into old routines again even though I get why he might do so.
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I have never watched VM when it was on. It was during the part of my life when I did not watch much TV. I heard so many good things about it but never got around to see it. I am a big fan of Kristen Bell from Heroes and House of lies.

So as a non fan of VM, I find the movie okay not fantastic but still enjoyable. However having read the history and the review above, I totally understand that it was made for the fans and most fans are happy with it.

With this success, I hope more creators especially those series that got an abrupt cancellation would also use kick-starter to do a movie for their fans.



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After watching The Veronica Mars Movie, give us Season 4 please !!!!
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only Netflix can do that ...


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Wallace being a teacher. Mac working for Kane Software, Weevil being a family man with a hot wife and cute kid. Logan being awesome. Veronica knowing she'd never be happy with a mundane life. Dick being...Dick. LoVe! As if there was ever any other choice. Leo...*wistful sigh*...Leo. There were problems, but I don't care about any of those right now. All is right in my VM fangirl world.

Best part? No Duncan. ^_^
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It might have been nice for someone to casually mention that Dunk sent a picture of Faith/Lilly who'd be what, like 10 by now? But I didn't miss his presence otherwise
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"Best part? No Duncan. ^_^"


lol ty !
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GREAT Review. I would also buy the Let's Go Back to My Van: The Vinnie Van Lowe Story. We should start a kickstarter campaign for that.
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I will give that Kickstarter all of my money.
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This was a fantastic review, thanks! It is extremely annoying to read reviews by people who claim to be VM fans but two sentences in you can see they don't even know the basics. It's a refreshing change to see a highly entertaining review by an honest-to-goodness fan.
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I'm glad you liked it. Veronica Mars is very, very close to my heart. I'd write about it every day if I could!
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Awesome review!
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The film was alright but I wasn't blown away by it. It definitely had a bunch of times were it felt really off to me. Plus the James Franco thing made me roll my eyes. Hard.
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Oh, I loved it. Unfortunately, I didn't get to see it on the big screen, as in Italy it has been made available (contemporary) only for digital download, but for the love of everything that is holy... even if it was on the very smaller screen of my ipad, it was...epic.
And no, I am not sorry for having said it. :)
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This movie was so fulfilling. Yes, it had some flaws, but the good far, far, outweighed any of the bad and I'm so happy it came to fruition. It wasn't even just the film itself. After waiting 7 long years for this, it was coming to the theatre, seeing a lineup outside the theatre, other backers and fans wearing kickstarter tshirts and VM themed shirts, and being part of the audience reaction to each scene and every familiar character reintroduced...it felt like being with family and close friends. That's what this movie, this entire series, and the cast and fans, means to me. Veronica Mars isn't just about the show/movie, it's about being part of the best group of people in the world. There's a connection amongst fans that can never be broken, especially because of this past year, and for that, I think the VM movie has succeeded well beyond it's original intention of bringing back VM for the fans. It brought us ALL back together.
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Very satisfying. Not sure it will draw in much of a new audience (although I hope it does so they can do another) but fans of the original should be happy. They worked in a lot of characters and references to the series and gave the show the ending it deserved, while leaving the door open for more if the numbers work.

If the numbers do work, then I think a miniseries (or limited series) would actually be the best option. The show needs a bit more time than the average movie to really fire on all cylinders, but I doubt they could get everyone for a full tv season.

I particularly liked the scene with Leo, even though he was not one of my favourite characters on the series, and the shout-out at the end between Logan and Veronica to their "epic" love story. I was hoping they'd use "I Hear the Bells" but the music they did use was good too.

As an original fan, and a contributor to the Kickstarter, this gave me everything I was looking for.
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Veronica Mars returned to Neptune and to everything that die hard fan was being waiting for. I was happy, in fact I was ecstatic to see the results. Veronica Mars is back, guys,
SEQUEL!!!
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Here's a math problem. Veronica graduated from Neptune High, then went directly to Hearst. Apparently, after that, she switched to Stanford (presumably, for three more years.) Also, she's apparently been in law school in New York for the last three years. In the film, she's going to stop by at her 10-year reunion.

Um, what happened in the three years in between Stanford and law school? Or was it three years between Hearst and Stanford?
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The old saying goes that "You Can't Go Home Again." Well clearly, that quote doesn't apply if that person's name is Veronica Mars. Doesn't matter if it 's the ending we all wanted and were hoping for. The fact of the matter is the simple life and fairy tale ending and all that stuff, it ain't her. Wallace said it best that Veronica is a drama magnet. Fish gotta swim, Birds gotta fly, Wolves gotta hunt, and Veronica Mars god bless has gotta have drama. She's gotta have complicated in her life.

Bottom line, now this was the proper ending the CW deprived us of years ago.
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I liked the movie but did anyone else catch the fact that their 10 year reunion was only 8 years after their 2006 graduation?

And what happened after Keith was arrested for destruction of evidence in the last episode?
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Tina Majorio's hair is epic, epic, epic. I seriously cannot express how much I LOVE this hairstyle, and I usually hate short haircuts. For about half a second I thought, Hey, maybe I could.....and then I remembered that I don't have her face so it probably wouldn't work for me. Kudos to her for being the ONLY person I've ever seen pull this look off right.
(Bonus points for styling it multiple ways, all of which looked amazing.)
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There was truly nothing more satisfying than reciting out loud with them, the famous 'Epic' speech between Veronica and Logan at the end... The movie was PERFECT and definitely meant a lot! Here's to many more sequels and to an EFFING Movie Franchise!
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I totally loved it!!!!!
And I would totally buy Let's Go Back to My Van: The Vinnie Van Lowe Story
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Loved it wish there was a 2nd movie coming out, bring back Veronica Marrs please.
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I dont think gia's dead. I'll have to rewatch it, but i think the end montage said she was arrested for Susan Knight's murder. my favorite bit was the interchange where she was going to be a part of the FBI. ahhhh season 4 hopes... I kind of like the fact that Piz broke up with her. Never was much of a Piz fan but that really redeemed him a bit for me. He was heartbroken but atleast he got a clue and she did too.
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no it said that he was arested for her and Susan knights murder
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Yeah I heard it too. Maybe it was wishful thinking that she had made it. :( I feel bad, first her dad and then being blackmailed to death by that guy? eww.. that's neptune though.
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Loved it! It was everything I wanted it to be and more. Once again ready for more Neptune and LoVe!!!!
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Loved it. The investigation felt a little rushed, but there's much more time to devote to the big mystery in a tv season than there is in a movie so that's to be expected. I liked what they did with Logan. He was much more mature and stable than he was before. So when Veronica chose him over Piz it didn't seem like a crazy decision. She could trust him and he wouldn't end up hurting her again. I didn't think that the addiction analogy was quite right. Veronica belongs in Neptune, with Logan, doing what she does best. Looking forward to reading the books, the first one is out in less than 2 weeks.
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Haven't watched it but wow how cliched to make Veronica a high paid New York lawyer.

Why is that when it comes to American shows you are not considered a success unless you're a lawyer, doctor and/or stinking rich.

This is far from the reality of most and while I enjoyed Veronica Mars at the end of the day it was still a show about a pretty thin white girl longing to be part of the rich white crowd again.

Looks like she achieved it.
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I agree that normally, it would look cliched to show Veronica's choice of becoming a big city lawyer as the ideal vs. small town job but in the case of Veronica Mars it does make sense that it would be a desirable outcome (esp. from her dad's point of view) as her teenage experience as PI was so full of danger and trauma. It started with the murder of her best friend and her own rape and she continued to risk her life and that of others in a rather reckless way. There could be other 'conservative' career choices to give to Veronica (doctor, engineer etc.) but lawyer is a better fit to Veronica's affinity for finding the truth and such.
Also, I do not think the show portrayed Veronica as wanting to fit in with the rich crowd quite the opposite (perhaps before Lilly's murder she had but she was a kid...)
And do watch the movie and (no spoilers) I suspect you will overall enjoy it if you liked the show. If you didn't like the show, then probably not...
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Kind of funny, considering the over-arching theme of VM is the overlap in Neptune of the people who have money and power with the people who have none.
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Maybe you should watch it before you make generalisations about not only the film, but about the entire premise of the series. I think you'll find you are quite mistaken.
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Well she wasn't a lawyer yet. At the end of the day she could have been a rich lawyer but she chose to be a non-rich PI in Neptune again. In other words, she chose happiness over money.
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She would make enough as PI in such a town to survive :P

Its less about happiness ove rmoney and more about drama and chaos over stability and normalcy :P
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I think deep inside Veronica is, like her dad, a crusader for justice. After all these years and all the grief he has suffered from Neptune's population, Keith is still risking his life to expose Sheriff Lamb's corruption in the movie. To me Veronica chose a life with meaning & purpose, and sure risk and adrenalin, vs. a stable but less fulfilling life as a corporate lawyer (anyone who's watched the show could see Veronica getting very quickly dissatisfied with the moral compromises necessary in that line of work)
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She would make enough money to survive but not as much as a New York lawyer.
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"She would make enough as PI in such a town to survive :P"

But can she make enough to pay her student loan payments?
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I agree with Larry here, a tiny bit. At least at the beginning of the movie it was portrayed as "Pretty Thin White Girl Makes It Big."
At the end it was her choice, not to go for the 'glamorous' life. For the rest of us, it often isn't a choice.
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Totally loved it! I want it back! Right now!
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Need more now! I totally agree it felt like an extended episode of the series we know and love which was fantastic! I need to see it at least a dozen more times to really wrap my mind around how good it really was though
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It was everything I wanted and more. Loved it!!!
And Logan in a uniform, didn't see that one coming, I liked it...
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Veronica Mars 2 please!
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I really loved the movie. My biggest complaint is that I was disappointed not to have Leighton Meester reprise her role though I know it couldn't be avoided. There were a lot of great references and surprising cameos. I liked the reset though my hatred of Celeste is renewed.

When watching, Sacks was the death that hurt the most though the movie killed off a few characters. However, after thinking about it, it was Gia who made me the saddest because her life seemed to go so downhill since she got introduced on the show. Veronica saved her initially, revealed her dad to be a pedophile which inadvertently led to him being killed. Then Gia spent the better part of a decade getting blackmailed, having to sleep with said blackmailer while being a beard to another guy before getting killed. That is a dark arc.
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This movie was definitely well worth the loonnnnggg wait!!! It was so amazing to see my fave characters again, especially when it was on the big screen. I also found it interesting to see characters who had small roles in the tv show back as well. Regardless, I would have loved to see more familiar faces, but I do understand that it would be difficult to try and tie in other great characters back into the plot. It was also such a delight to see them add in little references back to the tv show.

The best one was by far the return of the "the hottie from Channel 9" haha. It was so hilarious that even dan or daniel haha fell for it too. Veronica is the best. Heres the clip, for those that dont remember it or are just curious. If for some reason the clip doesnt work just search martina vasquez in google, the video will be there. - Enjoy :)

P.s. is it too early to start asking for another vmars movie.

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Where's Duncan?
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Taking care of his ten year old daughter in Australia
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Still on the lam.
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I was disappointed Leighton Meester didn't return as Carrie Bishop. I re-watched the entire series partly because I knew just how much returning characters there were going to be, and having a horrible memory wanted to ensure I'd recognise and remember them when they showed by in the film. Obviously having a different actress play the part of a character in the series doesn't help that!

I would have loved to have seen Hannah (Logan's brief girlfriend from Season 2) return, as well as Jackie, since she too graduated from Neptune High. And I was left wondering what happened to Mac's boyfriend from season three, and Parker too, although their absence makes more sense since it was a high school reunion.

I thought Celeste Kane's appearance was too short, and I would have liked to have seen Jake Kane, but I really thought that they needed a Duncan appearance.

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After my initial delight wore off, I tried to look at an a little more critically. It definitely wasn't perfect, and it won't be winning any Oscars, but it was an overall wonderful continuation of the series.

I completely agree with you about the addiction parallel. I can see it to a degree, but it did leave a bit of a sour taste in my mouth. I think they definitely overplayed it a bit. And there was a definite difference in how the mystery played out, but I think part of that was because they had to make somewhat of an effort to (re)introduce people and some of the Neptune history to people so it kept us from getting to the nitty-gritty of focusing on solving the investigation from the get-go. But if it creates a few new fans along the way, I can definitely deal with it.

Bottom line, as a fan, I got exactly what I hoped to see. The movie plus my rewards made it 100% worth the investment. I know how invested all the actors and crew were in this project and making it happen and it makes it all the better. I love knowing that the people involved with the show love it as much as me.
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Addiction has been ongoing theme through the entire show. Veronica has consistently shown making choices that are counter-intuitive to normal life. Its a metaphorical addiction - she sort-of wants to be who she was before, but she is far too in love with danger and adrenaline of the life that Neptune made her live in to get it.
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I completely agree that it was a theme in the show but it was much more subtle in the show in my opinion. I feel like it was a bit overused here. Maybe it was a way to introduce newbies and get them kind of up to par. Either way, I think they could have successfully navigated it with slightly less.
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Definitely it was not subtle in the movie where it lacked the context one gets in a 22-ep long season.
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'Veronica returned to the world of Neptune and it felt right', I couldn't have described it better myself, Kaitlin!

I thought the addiction metaphor was very ham-handed as well, but there's no denying it fitted the themes of the movie perfectly, so I didn't really mind. I don't think Veronica ever sounded like there was something wrong with her said 'addiction', after all, she embraced it in the end, didn't she?

In regards to Logan the idea was that she knew she could easily fall back into his arms at any moment, even before she had broken up with Piz, so them sleeping together so soon after the break-up didn't really bother me. I'm so glad Piz got to do the breaking-up though, he deserves better than Veronica (not that it's her fault, she's an addict after.)
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