I reviewed Veronica Mars, a film that I helped Kickstart into existence:
Veronica Mars arrives in theaters and online this week, heralding a new era in filmmaking where fans could have unprecedented influence over which projects are developed, and how. The resulting film shows both the promise and perils of making a movie for the diehard fans who want it to become reality: the harder a film works to please its existing fan base, the more trouble it will have appealing to a wider audience. And there’s something unsettling about watching a show known for its relentlessly dark worldview returning as an elaborate act of fan service.
But credit where it’s due: Veronica Mars is a lovingly crafted, immensely satisfying reunion. Bell’s Veronica is fearless, funny, and an uncommonly good detective — but she’s also a lousy girlfriend, a distant daughter, and mired in the sort of quarterlife crisis that nearly always results from going to law school. As written by Thomas and co-writer Diane Ruggiero, Veronica is the smartest character in every scene. And yet she’s also deeply uncertain of her place in the world, and that tension helps turn a mostly run-of-the-mill murder mystery into something that feels more substantial.