VERONICA MARS—-clever, enjoyable 2014 big-screen spinoff from the cult hit TV series that ran 64 episodes from 2004 to 2007. Fans of the show will have a much better clue-in to the whole thing, but it’s still enjoyable as a stand alone, with the winning Kristen Bell as the smart sleuth, graduated by the time this came out from teen detective to budding lawyer. Nefarious doings in her home town draw her back into circles she’d left behind, and set her up for duty as a private eye, taking on the bad guys in good old ‘Neptune’, Calif.
Naturally, there were some disgruntled fans who felt Movie Veronica to be lacking, and it was not a big hit, but reviews were positive and apparently there will be more adventures in the future. They’ll be welcome, as Mars is a neat character and Bell is a winner.
Directed by Rob Thomas. With Jason Dohring, Ryan Hansen,Chris Lowell, Enrico Colantoni, Percy Daggs III, Krysten Ritter and Jerry O’ Connell. 107 minutes.