By Diego Olivares
“Veronica Mars” is a film project that’s funny, suspenseful and fulfills the needs of the series’ fans.
Based on the cult TV series of the same name, the film follows her life as a youthful private eye, played by Kristen Bell.
Trying to move on with her life, Mars is called upon by a former lover to solve a murder. The victim is a friend of theirs, with the lover considered as the prime suspect.
The case has Mars returning to her hometown of Neptune, Calif., where she must deal with family and friends, a high school reunion and a possible job offer.
The film works well in terms of storyline, characters and style. It manages to mix two different film genres seemlessly.
The humor is witty and works well to get laughs from audiences.
The drama keeps viewers drawn in. It felt very natural and doesn’t come off as heavy-handed.
The film creates a story that recalls old memories of high school life.
It gives the film a down-to-earth feel that viewers will find pleasing. It also functions well as a modern-day film noir.
The murder mystery storyline keeps the viewer hooked with plot twists and suspense.
This allows the film to be stylishly entertaining.
The film also examines themes of police corruption, dark secrets and murder.
Mars embodies both characteristic of the genres. She’s relatable as she tries moving away from her past to start a new life.
She’s also a character who’s intelligent and hard as nails. Bell manages to play all aspects of her character well.
The supporting characters are engaging and fun to watch. Hardcore fans of the show are bound to recognize them.
The film is co-written and directed by Rob Thomas, who created the series.
As the creator, Thomas was the only person who could direct the film.
It could have failed in another director’s hands, given the mixing of genres.
Under Thomas’ direction, the film works well.
The film is noted as being funded by fans through the crowd-sourcing website, Kickstarter. The only condition of producing the film was if Thomas directed it.
As a result, the production raised a total of $5.7 million. It’s one of the largest funded independent film projects from the website.
On a visual level, the film is beautifully shot and well designed. The set design projects a warm Southern California atmosphere. It helps invoke the film’s noir style that the movie plays off.
The movie is not without flaws. The supporting storylines feel underdeveloped compared to the film’s main plot. They hook the viewers quickly, but are given rushed conclusions.
The opening 20 minutes might be tough for a non-fan of the show to understand. It’s the reason the film will work better for fans of the TV series. However, the film is engaging enough to keep the interest of non-fans.
“Veronica Mars” is an entertaining and engaging murder mystery that manages to attract both the fans and non-fans of the TV series.
The film is rated PG-13 for sexuality including references, drug content, violence and some strong language.