A pretty huge deal was made when the makes of the popular cult television show Veronica Mars decided to do a Kickstarter campaign to raise money from fans for a feature length motion picture based on the series. The film made the money required in 10 hours and eventually ended up with almost 3 times what they were looking for so now fans have their Veronica Mars movie with pretty much everybody involved in the series back for more.
Once an infamous local sleuth in her hometown of Neptune, Veronica Mars (Kristen Bell) has left that life far behind her and is on the verge of graduating law school. But when she gets a call from her ex-boyfriend and resident rich bad boy Logan Echolls (Jason Dohring) pleading for her help as he has been charged with murder, Veronica must return to Neptune and find a way to help her friend and solve one more hometown case.
Veronica Mars may not be a movie just anyone can pick up and enjoy, but for fans of the series (like me); this is a comfortable and familiar return to old friends. The entire cast are all perfectly back in their personas and seem glad for it. Bell in particular seems to have never really left Mars far behind and is excellent here as the reluctant private eye once again prowling her old haunts. The story is a good one with nice pacing and even though this could have just as easily been a TV movie event, that doesn’t matter since it is where Veronica Mars comes from in the first place. It is great to see them all back and that is the main thing.
The Blu-ray from Warner Home Video is superb, easily bypassing any of the series and giving Veronica Mars the big screen look it was going for. Clarity, color and detail are all close to perfect and very natural. A great transfer overall means the money the fans dished out went to good use. Veronica Mars may well be entertaining for the average movie goer but this one was made for the fans and they are definitely the ones that will be happiest with it.
Available now on Blu-ray and DVD.