VERONICA MARS (WB, 2014) D: Rob Thomas, w/ Kristen Bell, Jason Dohring. Rating: NN; Blu-ray package: NNNN Rating: NN
Veronica Mars drags in the beginning and sags in the middle but comes back in a not-bad third act with a couple of genuine shocks. The initial drag comes from the need to establish what Mars (Kristen Bell) has been doing in the decade since her days as a teenage sleuth in a corrupt California town, and then get her back there. That part's easy: her ex-boyfriend Logan (Jason Dohring) is accused of murdering his girlfriend.
Then there's the need to catch up with the regulars from the brief (2004-07) but much-loved TV series. That adds to the sag in the middle, but Veronica's leap-to-conclusions style of sleuthing is also fairly snooze-worthy.
Bell and the rest deliver their perpetual, occasionally funny sarcasm in a flat monotone, contributing to the neo-noir tone that gives the show its little bit of edge.
The film was funded through a Kickstarter appeal that raised $5.7 million from 91,000 fans. The process and the fans themselves figure heavily in the hour-long making-of doc.
EXTRAS Making-of doc, six mini-docs, gag reel, deleted scenes. English, French, Portuguese audio. English, French, Spanish subtitles.