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I watched the Veronica Mars movie

Okay. As much as I was annoyed by the decision to distribute the movie through Flixster, I actually sat down to watch it tonight.

It’s good. I mean, very good.

The portrayal of Neptune is the most winning part of the movie: Everything that was awful about the divide between the rich and the poor has gotten ten times worse since the series ended, the place is more corrupt than ever, and things look bleak. The characters are back, obviously, and they’re great but it’s the noir tone that makes this work. The only real let-down are a few cartoonishly nasty villains taking their three to five minutes to strut their bullshit for old times sake. That stuff doesn’t have the power it did when everyone was in high school.

But that’s easily overlooked. It’s a good movie, and I have to admit that it’s nice to see a real mystery played out in (just under) two hours. I’m not sure how well a Veronica Mars tv show would play out with a grown-up Veronica, but I’m glad I decided to back it.

If you haven’t seen the TV show, the movie would still make sense, but I wouldn’t recommend it. A great many characters breeze in and out, and it can be tough to keep track of them all. Better to watch the show first, if you haven’t seen it. The first season is great, the second season is not as great but still very good, and I haven’t rewatched the third season in a while so I’ll have to let you know. I’m making my wife and kid wait until they’ve seen the whole series before I play the movie; I recommend that for everyone.

Mirrored from Twenty Palaces. You can comment here but not there.

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mizkit
Mar. 15th, 2014 09:49 am (UTC)
I can't find it over here. :(
burger_eater
Mar. 15th, 2014 10:02 am (UTC)
I see that it's not on Amazon.co.uk, but you can't find it on iTunes or Flixster either?

I'm thinking that's an error that will be fixed real soon. Is it playing in a theater near you? I'm tempted to go see it on the big screen tomorrow.
mizkit
Mar. 15th, 2014 11:21 am (UTC)
They haven't set an Irish release date yet, but they're working on it. It's not on either the US or Irish Netflix and I don't do iTunes or Flixster, so I don't know about those. I could, no doubt...acquire it...through some means or other, but I'd *like* to do so, you know, through approved channels.

I mean, I could order it from amazon.com, as we've got an all-region DVD player, but $110+s/h is just more than it's worth to me.
burger_eater
Mar. 15th, 2014 03:29 pm (UTC)
It's good but not that good. Sorry you have to wait and I hope you can avoid spoilers.
mizkit
Mar. 15th, 2014 03:34 pm (UTC)
*puts on spoiler blinders*
sartorias
Mar. 15th, 2014 02:59 pm (UTC)
Good excuse to rewatch the series (or at least the first two seasons)
burger_eater
Mar. 15th, 2014 03:30 pm (UTC)
We're doing that now with my son. He loves the show.
mizkit
Mar. 15th, 2014 09:44 pm (UTC)
Shit! The movie IS playing locally for a week, anyway! How am I possibly going to binge-watch at least s1 before next Thursday!?
burger_eater
Mar. 15th, 2014 10:40 pm (UTC)
In the US, Amazon is streaming all three seasons. I don't know if that's available there.
mariannelee
Mar. 18th, 2014 04:04 pm (UTC)
I couldn't wait to finish the whole series before seeing the movie. Getting each season as a series of six or seven disks from Netflix takes a while.

Maybe because I watched it at home on the computer screen, it felt a lot like watching a two-hour Veronica Mars TV special rather than seeing a movie. However, I still liked it a lot.
burger_eater
Mar. 18th, 2014 04:07 pm (UTC)
I also thought it seemed like a TV movie, in part because they didn't wrap everything up. Still liked it.

We're still working on the series through Netflix discs. :)
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