By Jessie Stracener
Please note: Spoilers ahead.
The “Veronica Mars” TV series was really inspiring to me as a young woman, and the movie, which came out a few weeks ago, just made me an even bigger fan. It had me on a trip down memory lane and I have got to say I am so happy about it. This is nostalgia as its very best. The “Veronica Mars” movie will only get one complaint from me: It was too short! I absolutely loved it. It was a movie, by the fans, for the fans, and it was also true to the Veronica from our beloved series.
I think everyone has heard the story, but in case you missed it, this incredible movie was a product of a Kickstarter campaign. All of the money was raised by fans (like me) because they wanted to see a real conclusion, or at least a continuation of a show that taught us so much and was cut way too short.
In the film, we see Veronica again in a short montage, mostly featuring season three content to catch up those of us who had not been compulsively re-watching the series for all of February and March. Then we meet present-day Veronica: extremely successful, and every bit as sarcastic. She is about to take the bar exam and become a corporate lawyer protecting those huge companies that she spent her PI days making more honest. She is once again dating Piz. She is living the high life in New York. She just completed an ivy league education. And to top it all off, she is bored.
Honestly, at this point I am thinking that this Veronica is so awful and a complete departure from her earlier self. Luckily Logan calls her up to ask for her help beating a murder rap on his freshly dead girlfriend, and fellow Neptune High graduate, Carrie Bishop. She heads back to Neptune, just for a few days; she tell Piz, which ends up encompassing her high school reunion and several key Neptune events that all coincide with the murder of Carrie Bishop. Everything is connected, as per usual, and at the center of it is the Neptune Police Department. While Veronica is doing her thing uncovering secrets, we learn that Logan has cleaned himself up, joined the Airforce, and become a respectable adult.
Veronica Mars is all about empowerment — back when the series was fresh, and now that there is a a movie. Veronica is a girl, then a woman, who can damn well do whatever she puts her mind to. Instead of giving in to the mean girl syndrome or caving to peer pressure and pretending she only has three brain cells to rub together, Veronica is smart and sassy and determined and not afraid to flaunt that in the face of whoever tries to put her in a corner. Veronica is the female empowerment role model I would want my daughters to idolize and the woman we could all learn something from.
All in all, the movie was worth watching and worth the money I paid Amazon for the digital copy (because it wasn’t showing in my hometown). The film is very re-watchable and it is a must-have for long-time fans of the series. I have a tiny amount of hope that Veronica might come back to us in some form or another. Check out the movie; I promise it won’t disappoint.
About Jessie Stracener:
Jessie is a happily married 24-year-old woman living in the heart of the south. By day she works primarily with children or doing some sort of clerical work. She’s an ace with Excel spreadsheets and bandaging “boo boos”. She’s had nearly every job you could think of and has enjoyed most of them, from working in a microbiology lab and music studio to being a birthday clown and tutor. She loves to sew, cross stitch, embroider, work with beads and wire to make awesome trees. She also loves to read and cook when she has the time. She wants her blog, The Creative Ginger Tree, to reflect all of those things.