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Movie review: Veronica Mars

This film adaption of the once-popular mystery TV show gives diehard fans the quench they needed after years of waiting.

April 5, 2014 | 12:56 a.m. CST

Seven years.

That’s how long fans of the Veronica Mars, also known as Marshmallows, waited to find out what would happen to Veronica and the oh-so scandalous residents of Neptune, Calif. Would she choose Piz or Logan? What was Veronica going to do with her life? What about Wallace and Mac?

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It was worth the wait.

The story picks up nine years after Veronica leaves Hearst College in Neptune for Stanford University and later Columbia University. She hasn’t worked a case since she left Hearst, and has no plans to. She’s on the brink of landing a position at a high-powered law firm in New York City. Everything is working out.

But we can’t have that, can we?

Veronica is, of course, pulled back into the snake pit that is Neptune. The “09er’s” are all grown up and causing just as much trouble as always, and Logan is at the center. Accused of the murder of his ex-girlfriend and Neptune High alum, Veronica is compelled to help.

Fans of good-guy Piz might find themselves rolling their eyes as Veronica falls for Logan once again. But, who’s surprised?

Veronica Mars is everything that fans needed it to be and more. We are updated on all of the character’s lives. We know that Veronica hasn’t really changed, even though she’s tried. We know that Dick Casablancas somehow acquired a medical marijuana card. Everything in Neptune is going to be just fine. Well, as fine as it ever is.

The film also gives fans something more. There’s something to be said for a PG-13 rating instead of The CW standards. A Veronica that can say exactly what’s on her mind without the show’s writer and producer Rob Thomas getting an angry phone call from the Federal Communications Commission is a wonderful thing.

To casual viewers, it’s a fun film and a great introduction to the characters. For Marshmallows, it’s a reason to rejoice. Veronica Mars is exactly what we needed to bridge the gap between the series we fell in love with and the new books Thomas hopes we’ll embrace.

Veronica says at the end of the movie that she’s the addict, but it’s her that has us hooked.

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