Movie Review: Veronica Mars (2014)

Posted: September 15, 2014 in Comedy, Drama


Veronica Mars (Kristen Bell) has just graduated law school, and has a job offer waiting for her at a prestigious law firm in New York City, but her ex-boyfriend, Logan Echolls (Jason Dohring) has been accused of killing his current girlfriend, pop star, Bonnie DeVille. (Andrea Estella) Veronica stalls the job offer in New York, and goes back to her hometown of Neptune California to solve this crime.  At first Veronica suspects Ruby Jetson,(Gabby Hoffman) but she has an iron-clad alibi.  She needs information from friends like Logan’s roommate Dick Casablancas (Ryan Hansen) and rivals like Gia Goodman (Kristen Ritter) alike.  During the investigation, Veronica’s father, Keith (Enrico Colantoni) gets shot, and her friend, “Weevil” Navarro (Francis Capra) gets  framed for a shooting.  Does Veronica figure out who shot Bonnie?

I did not like Veronica Mars.  It starts out with a three minute voice-over backstory, which I did not care for.  This is a movie that had a high school feel, like the cool kids were making inside jokes, and I felt like I was on the outside looking in.  I never saw the tv show, maybe that’s the problem, but it really felt more like Nancy Drew, the old 1970’s tv show of the mystery novels.  Everything seems too perfectly set up, the town is corrupt, the comedy lines come tripping of the actor’s tongues, it does not seem real.  There are good characters, Wallace Fennel, Cindy Mackenzie, but the rest look and sound like Hollywood actors playing too perfectly eclectic roles. A better show with a high-school setting was Buffy The Vampire Slayer.  Buffy and her friends really seemed like outcasts, at least for the first few seasons, it was just a better show.

Part of the problem is Kristen Bell, I never bought her as a lawyer, or a private detective, or an outcast for that matter, she’s too pretty for that.  I like Kristen Bell, I thought she was great in Frozen, but she plays a not-so nice character here.  Enrico Collantoni was good as Veronica’s dad.  Percy Daggs III was funny and engaging as Wallace, and Tina Majorino had a sweet quality as Cindy, but there was not enough of these characters, and there was too much of Bell and Jason Dohring  (rhymes with boring) and no chemistry between the two.

The writer is Rob Thomas, not the lead singer of Matchbox Twenty, this Rob Thomas is a writer.  The problem with the writing by Rob Thomas is he tries too hard to be funny.  Not every other line has to be a punchline, it’s distracting.

The pacing was slow, this was an 1 hour 40 minute movie that felt like it was 3 hours, and Rob Thomas director is to blame here too, I just couldn’t stay with the story, and there was nothing visually or stylistically that made me want to stay with the story.

Veronica Mars:  Absolutely alien to me.


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