Mar 18 2014
From Kickstarter to reality, the Veronica Mars movie is proof that no matter how far-fetched fan’s dreams may seem, technology is evolving at a pace where anything is possible. Fans quite literally brought the long-dead series back to life by pledging eight million dollars to get the movie made, and that level of passion brought nearly everyone back on board from creator Rob Thomas to almost all of the old cast.
But even $8M wasn’t enough to ensure the movie was properly distributed in theaters, so Warner Bros. and Thomas made the unusual decision of splitting between a limited theatrical release, and instant availability on demand through iTunes and Amazon on release day. As no theater within fifty miles of me was showing the film, I watched it via Amazon on my PS4. I’ll talk about this distribution strategy (and why it’s awesome) another day, but for right now, I want to focus on the film itself.
I’ll admit I’m not a longtime fan of the show. Or at least, I wasn’t. Only when the Kickstarter started getting so much attention I decided that “huh, there really must be something to this show,” and so for the first time in probably a decade, I bought a DVD box set of a TV series.
The result? They were right. You can read my full thoughts about Veronica Mars: The Series here, but suffice to say outside of a few missteps in season three, I thought it was all around very, very good. Veronica is a fantastic character, probably one of the best heroines TV has ever had, and the writing was consistently excellent. In short, it deserved all the fan support it got, and the movie deserved to be made. Continue Reading »