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Film Review: 'Veronica Mars'

Tanya Mardirossian |
March 15, 2014 | 12:38 a.m. PDT

Staff Reporter

Kristen Bell stars as Veronica Mars (Warner Bros).
Kristen Bell stars as Veronica Mars (Warner Bros).
Since its cancelation in 2007, "Veronica Mars" fans have been waiting for this moment, and director/writer Rob Thomas delivered. 

Sorry Team Piz. Looks like Team Logan is going to be around for a while. But without hesitation, the crowd in the theater cheered for Team Mars as Veronica (Kristen Bell) and her dad, Keith (Enrico Colantoni) are reunited. 

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Watching the series from beginning to end isn’t necessary to enjoy the long anticipated film, but taking a look at the first few episode of season 1 will get non-marshmallows hooked. It will definitely help pick up inside jokes and witty lines referring to the series. But no matter, Veronica Mars brings back the charm and sass. 

The first few minutes of the film catches the audience up with what the series was all about, so people can watch the movie as a clean start. 

Veronica’s on-off relationship with Logan Echolls (Jason Dohring) heats up, as always when the two are together. Contrary to the series, Logan doesn’t come to Veronica’s rescue like he does in every season of the series. 

But what is the same?

Veronica’s close relationship to her dad. Like in the series, she fears for his life as hers becomes more dangerous. Her old pals Mac (Tina Majorino) and Wallace are up to their good tricks to help her out. Veronica asks Wallace (Percy Daggs III) to look up confidential student files while he has a teaching position at Neptune High, where he was an office aide who helped her cases. Leo, or Deputy Leo (Max Greenfield) in the series, has his same charm and sarcasm. Piz (Chris Lowell) is still the good guy Veronica dated her first year of college. 

Some familiar characters reappear like Gia Goodman (Krysten Ritter) and Dick Casablancas (Ryan Hansen). James Franco appears as himself along with Dax Shepard, Bell’s husband. 

The character who seems to have made a complete 180 is Logan Echolls. He had the reputation of a bad boy, as seen in the series recap the first few minutes of the film. In the movie, Echolls is chivalrous and serving for his country. No more crazy hand gestures or snarky comments. 

With the worry of disappointment among fans, it is safe to say "Veronica Mars" was the perfect combination of closure and an open ending. 

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Talk about a Netflix mini-series or sequel to the movie is being discussed. With the outcome of this film, Rob Thomas has the encouragement of many fellow marshmallows. With that in mind, any twist in future plots is possible, so look out Team Logan. 

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