Originally published on April 9, 2014
…but it seems everyone has thought about this movie lately at all.
I know I did. I’m pretty sure my friends would like me to move on and talk about something else, anything really, at this point.
But can you blame me? A quick Google search brings up more articles for this one film than the amount of press the show got when it was on the air. SXSW knew they wanted to premiere the movie while it was filming. After all, Austin is home for Veronica Mars show creator Rob Thomas (not to be mistaken for the Matchbox 20 guy).
And you gotta realize I never thought I would be standing in line at the Paramount Theater in Austin to see the Veronica Mars movie premiere at SXSW seven years after the show was canceled.
“I’m so unbelievably excited to be here today to show you Veronica Mars movie. It was seven years in the making and it feels so good right now.”
-Thomas, film director/writer
But there I was on March 8 standing in the rain (thankfully I was covered) waiting in line for an hour and a half to get in to see the film. This did not include waking up at 6am so I could get an SXXpress pass that gives me first dibs into the theater (I wanted a good seat). I arrived at the convention center for that pass at 7am, and they weren’t handed out until 9am. Yep, I’m crazy.
You know what though. I don’t care how crazy I sound because it was all worth it.
“For me, it was unbelievable experience. We never thought it was gonna happen so soon and we can’t thank you guys enough for bringing us back together. I know that we all wanted it so bad.”
-Francis Capra (Weevil)
This movie was written for the fans. To me, this may be Thomas’ best work yet. Veronica got to be more snarky, more bitchy and actually act her adult-age. It was awesome. But I’m a fan. Take that with a grain of salt.
It’s always kind of understood that most screenwriters write story lines with the financiers in mind (i.e. the film companies that pay the bills) while trying to please the fans (I’m looking at you, comic book movies. Seriously, why fix what’s not broken?). In this case, the financiers were 91,585 Kickstarter backers, most of which were and are still fans of the show (I’m known to have a weekend marathon or two… or three).
Luckily, we marshmallows are easy to please for the most part as we just needed anything to scratch the itch we’ve had since the show’s cancellation in 2007. There are so many inside jokes, Easter eggs, tributes (if you will) that made the seven year wait and money for this film absolutely worth it. And it was done in a way that didn’t feel over the top.
But I think writing for the fans could also be the movie’s downfall, and I don’t mean that in a terribly bad way. It’s just that I had to explain certain scenes to my friends who were not familiar with the show. To some of them, the movie seemed a little rushed because they haven’t had the chance to put in the 46 hours it takes to watch the entire series.
Maybe the 16 speaking roles and 35 locations were a bit of an overkill. Since it’s been so long since the band got back together, it seemed that Thomas tried to cram as much as he could in the hour and half that he had.
“Honestly, I am a Veronica Mars fan. I wanted to work with all these actors and find a natural way to do that.”
I will say the high school reunion scene was a brilliant idea. As Veronica got older, her fans got older. I just wish it moved the mystery a little bit more rather than be the perfect excuse to bring back some of the minor characters from Neptune High we missed oh so dearly.
It was nice to see Corny again.
This movie is not perfect and that’s OK. Neither was the show (*cough*Meg Manning’s pregnancy storyline*cough*), but I still obsessively love it anyway.
But the cameos, the mysteries and overall perfection are not the reasons why this show is adored by so many (although it helps).
It’s about the characters.
It’s about Mac. And Wallace. And Dick. And Keith. And Logan. And yes, Piz (shhh, don’t tell him).
“I’m just shocked that I’m even on this stage or in the film. I thought I was going to have to be the $10,000 backer to become a speaking role.”
-Chris Lowell (Piz)
Most importantly, it’s about Veronica.
“To me, the best thing about Veronica, the thing that made that character special, it’s a time period of being self-conscious, of being worried about what other people think about you or what some cute guy thinks about you, and I think other girls on television, like Buffy or Alias, they can literally kick ass. I felt like Veronica’s super powers should be that she just doesn’t give a shit, and she’ll be the smartest person in the room, and her day wouldn’t be ruled by what some guy thought of her outfit, so I hope that that has resonated.”
Veronica assured me it’s OK to stand for your convictions. She assured me it is OK to get tough and to not take things lying down.
But she also taught me not to be too hard that you lose sight of yourself or your friends (well, the ones that matter), or the most important person in your life’s trust.
Because, like Wallace said, underneath that angry young woman is a slightly less angry young woman who is dying to bake him something.
And Veronica does.
After all, she is a marshmallow.
Quotes are from the Veronica Mars movie premiere on March 8 at SXSW in Austin, TX.