I’m not sure what my experience of this movie would be like if I hadn’t seen the series before. It was so completely tailored to those who know of every transgression, indiscretion and witty comeback. The show paid homage to its past incredibly well, but turned what could have been a depressing look at what could have been into a celebration of the show that won so many of us over. [Major Spoilers!]
It took its fair share of risks, even going so far as to paint characters we thought were innocent into potential villains, like Gia. I think what happened to her was a huge part of the movie for me. Initially I was distraught at what Rob had done with her. Gia Goodman as a scheming villain? Surely not? But I always forget about what happened to her, or more specifically what happened to her father.
If your dad, the mayor, was an accused paedophile, then was blown up by a psychotic rich kid you’d have some serious issues. Those issues may be what got her into the mess that she was in when Veronica found her out. And like Veronica said herself, she was never the brainy kind. When we learned the truth of her involvement she was exonerated in my eyes. Her story made sense of her past, and though her ending wasn’t what I wanted (I’ve always had a soft spot for her), it wasn’t a cheap attempt at drama and action.
Another character that the movie made sense of was Weevil. I mentioned in my series reviews that he was sorely underused by the time the series finished. Here he wasn’t. The movies subplot, which sets up the future of the Veronica Mars franchise with ease, made him an important game piece once again. Gone are his days as a useless college handyman. Weevil, the leader of the PCHers is back.
Most importantly, though Veronica is back. Naturally she would give up her new life. It wasn’t her, no matter how much Keith wanted her to embrace it. She knows where she’s needed, and that’s Neptune.
Is she meant to be with Logan? The movie certainly makes it seem that way. She let Piz go too easily for him to mean as much to her as Logan, the love of her life. It does seem like he’s changed. He was all for Carrie’s well being, and dear lord was he amazing in his uniform. But he was still quick to throw punches at the reunion.
Whether or not she ends up with him for good, she made the right choice in cutting Piz loose. He was a great guy but he wasn’t the one for Veronica. They had a lot more chemistry here then they had in the series, but her heart was never in it.
With numbers still to come in from box office and VOD receipts the future of the franchise is still unknown, but I think there is more left in the tank, so to speak. Could this Veronica Mars movie be an annual tradition? It’s clear the fans are still on board, and 99% are elated with the movie, so things are looking good.