'The Veronica Mars Movie' (Blu-ray)
(Kristen Bell, James Franco, Krysten Ritter, et al / Blu ray / PG-13 / 2014 / Warner Home Video)
Overview:Years after walking away from her past as a teenage private eye, Veronica Mars gets pulled back to her hometown - just in time for her high school reunion - in order to help her old flame Logan Echolls, who's embroiled in a murder mystery.
Blu ray Verdict: One could only image that the writers of this new "episode" would have had a difficult task in writing this. How to tie two threads together, over such a huge jump in time, how to craft a plot that accounted for things like the season four trailer, and how to make it all feel seamless.
In truth, and in prep for this new viewing installment of 'Veronica Mars,' I actually sat down over six nights (in a row) and re-watched all three (3) seasons on my DVR! Oh, and the extras too! So, as much as you don't really need to yourself to enjoy this new movie, I myself can only say that when I watched the movie I felt like I was "home" - and that all that lost time just didn't exist.
I can't imagine anyone who enjoyed the series not fully enjoying this effort (and wishing that it would somehow "go on"). I would hope that it would have the potential of pulling in a larger audience, but that is more difficult to judge, having been a fan to begin with. I thought the series was super well written, many notches above a lot of other TV dribble, and had a killer cast to boot, so I was always amazed that it didn't get the numbers that one would have expected.
As with the series, the script is dripping with wit, both from Veronica, and also (as others have already mentioned) in references to events from the series. Ok, sure, some newcomers might not pick up on some of it, but they would also not be distracted by any if it either. For the comedy might well be hinged primarily within inside jokes; and yes it is very funny at those times re: those referential bits providing a few extra bonus "smile moments" for the rest of us - but they are not required to follow or enjoy the story.
If you get off on action movies, with dialog written for 10-year olds, then you probably need to skip this film. If you enjoy well crafted scripts, with intelligent dialog, and with a love triangle and murder mystery thrown in to drive the plot, then even if you never watched the series, I would expect that you would still enjoy this film. You might even get hooked enough to find yourself going back and rewatching the entire series much like I did - to find out what you missed, the first time around.
For the everyone else who's simply been in "can't wait" mode for the last year after the Kickstarter campaign wondering if this great, ensemble cast could actually pull this off, and "be" those characters that you have missed, the definitive answer is a resounding "yes". This is a Widescreen Presentation (1.77:1) enhanced for 16x9 TVs and comes with the special features of:
By The Fans: The Making of the Veronica Mars Movie
More On-Set Fun
Deleted Scenes and More!