It’s been seven years since Veronica Mars – the neo-noir teen girl detective TV series – unceremoniously went off the air, and the lack of closure for fans eventually led to the massive Kickstarter success of the Veronica Mars movie. With the movie’s release just three months away, the question is – will it be worth the wait?
Though we’ve previously seen a Comic-Con trailer, a featurette, and a clip from the film, the most recently released trailer (above) is the first theatrical trailer – and one with quite a bit of new footage.
The footage covers the familiar beats of the film’s plot: nearly nine years have passed (in the world of the film) since the series finale, and in that time, Veronica Mars (Kristen Bell) has long since left her private detective life behind and graduated from Columbia Law School in NYC. She’s dating Piz (Chris Lowell), the lovable loser from season 3 that she was dating at the series’ end, and is looking for a job as a lawyer when news breaks that her old flame, Logan Echolls (Jason Dohring), has been charged for the murder of his pop star girlfriend.
One thing leads to another and Logan (as he is wont to do) calls Veronica to ask for her investigative assistance, prompting her to return to her hometown of Neptune to help him out. Fortunately for the viewers, her high school reunion just happens to be taking place at the same time, which means we get to see all our old friends – Wallace (Percy Daggs III), Weevil (Francis Capra), Mac (Tina Majorino), Dick (Ryan Hansen), and the rest – together again for a semi-organic reason.
Of course, in terms of plot information, this is all old news. Thankfully, there’s plenty of new information to suss out in the trailer as well. On the romance front – Piz claims he’s nervous to have Veronica meet his parents. This would seem to indicate that Piz and Veronica have only recently started dating again, because if they’ve been dating since the end of the series – again, nine years in the world of the film – it would be really strange if Veronica has never met his parents.
On the suspense front – Veronica tells her dad (Enrico Colantoni) that she’s stumbled onto something “big” in her investigation of Logan’s girlfriend’s murder. This would seem to suggest that the “case” of the film is more than just a murder mystery; perhaps there’s even something conspiratorial going on.
Despite the trailer being geared toward the general audience (title cards like “She had the perfect job, the perfect man, and the perfect chance…to throw it all away” probably won’t appeal to the die hards), there are nonetheless a lot of excellent teasers to keep Veronica Mars fans intrigued. Still, the question remains – will this film be worth the seven-year wait? What say you, Screen Ranters? Does the trailer give you cause to hope?
In addition to Kristen Bell, the film also stars Krysten Ritter (Don’t Trust the B in Apartment 23), Justin Long, Jerry O’Connell, Sam Huntington (Being Human), Ken Marino (Party Down), Max Greenfield (New Girl), Gaby Hoffman, and many more.
Veronica Mars hits theaters March 14th, 2014.
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