Tuesday, March 11, 2014

Films I'm looking forward to - Veronica Mars

Hey out there, Marshmallows!


If you're anybody, then you probably already know, but for our just-back-from-the-desert-island readers: Veronica Mars is one of the best things ever. It is a shockingly well-written murder mystery/P.I. drama/teen soap. You might think you're too good for it, but you would be wrong, my friends, you would be wrong. I could go on and on about how great it is, how funny and clever and smart and cool it is, how fantastic the cast is, how all around well-done it is, but instead I think I'll let #1 Super Fan (and Creator of Awesome Things In His Own Right) Joss Whedon say it for me:

"Last year, Veronica Mars' best friend was murdered. Some months later, she was drugged at a party and raped in her sleep. Welcome to the funniest and most romantic show on TV, collected on DVD in Veronica Mars: The Complete First Season.

On the surface, VM is a simple Nancy Drew update: High School Girl Solves Mysteries. It's impressive how well it works as just that, because week to week, nothing is harder to pull off than a genuine whodunit, and no show does it better than VM.

But obviously, it's what lies deeper that not only makes the show remarkable but defines it. Mysteries are its central metaphor; Veronica solves little puzzles because she, like all of us, cannot unravel the bigger ones. Her life now turned upside down (additionally, her sheriff father's been fired, her mother's run out, and her True Love has inexplicably deserted her), she's developed a knack for seeing through people and their inevitable fictions. She also has cameras, audio taps, and databases, courtesy of the reduced-to-private-detective dad she works for. She's a super-sleuth, but the show never forgets that her power is born of pain, and that the kids who don't need to see — or avenge — every secret wrong are actually happier and more well-adjusted. Yet our identification is always strictly with Veronica, the girl buffeted by the base duplicity of her peers and the unfathomable vagaries of her own heart." - Joss Whedon, EW.com, 10/11/05

So I'm sure you're probably saying: "But Jon--you continue to amaze me, btw (You're too kind)--this is a TV show, right? Why mention it in your awesome 'Films I'm looking forward to' series?"

Good question. Allow me to explain... No, there is too much, let me sum it up...

Y'see, there's 3 seasons of Veronica Mars. The first one is phenomenal. The rest are too, but the second had some interference by the Dipshit Studio Suits. "Too complex for the inbred masses," they said. And when the show somehow stayed great and didn't One Tree Hill enough for the Dipshit Studio Suits, the third season ended up getting canceled too soon, and as a result, the story ended suddenly, a little truncated. A later reboot attempt died on the vine. The show passed from memory.

Or so they thought...

A movie idea floated about the internet, almost gaining traction but not quite, so Show Creator Rob Thomas made a kickstarter, not so much for the money, but to prove fan interest. Okay, for the money too. Anyway, it made a jillion dollars in like... four seconds or something like that.

And now the movie is here. Let's watch.



Okay, maybe that doesn't splash with you if you don't know the show, but that's your fault, man, not mine, so RECTIFY THAT! You've got time, the movie opens Friday in theatres and on VOD simultaneously. It premiered this past weekend at SXSW and the fans are loving it. Seriously, the show is great and so worth your time. I'm betting the movie will be too. Check it out.

I can't wait,
Jon

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