Sunday, March 16, 2014

A Date With Veronica Mars

by Meghann on March 16, 2014

Happy Sunday!

How’s everyone’s weekend going? We’ve lucked out with some amazing weather this weekend and I’m itching to get outside – I’m hoping to catch some rays by the pool this afternoon.

The Veronica Mars Movie finally made its long awaited debut on Friday.

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I’d spent the last two months re-watching the series on DVD, so I was extra pumped to see what Veronica Mars and the gang had been up to. If anything re-watching the series reminded me how much I hated the way the show ended and why a movie was so desperately needed.

Derek had never watched the series in college, but I was hopeful he would watch the DVDs with me and fall in love with Veronica Mars just as I had 10 years ago. Nope. Wrong audience. He spent too many episodes making fun of the teenage detective plot line and out-there mystery scenarios. Totally fine, he watches plenty of things I will never understand, nor care for. Needless to say, I was on my own for the movie Friday night.

I was perfectly okay going to the movie theater on my own (it wouldn’t be the first, or last time, I would see a movie by myself), but a friend from high school messaged me and said she was seeing the 7:15 showing at the theater right by my office. Sweet! Someone to watch/obsess over the movie with. Yay, friends!

Since my office (and the theater) are so far from our my house, I headed right to the mall after work, bought my movie ticket, and headed to Grimaldi’s Pizzeria for dinner.
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Grimaldi’s Pizzeria is a coal brick-oven pizzeria located in the mall. It’s a place I’d drive by hundreds of time, but never dined at. I had a couple of hours to kill and trying somewhere new for pizza seemed the best way to do it.

I sat at the bar by myself, ordered a club soda, and caught up on the day’s happening thanks to my smart phone. If I had thought ahead, I would have brought a book or magazine to read. It was nice and quiet at the bar.

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For dinner I ordered a personal pizza with olives.

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The pizza was light, but surprisingly filling. The sauce need a little spice, but otherwise it was delicious. It looks like they have some great lunch specials, a good thing to note for future lunch outings with co-workers.

The theater for Veronica Mars was PACKED. Good to know we weren’t the only Veronica Mars fans in Tampa, especially since the movie was released digitally the same day.

So what did we think? Personally, I thought it was great. This was a movie that was made 100% for the fans, so if you were never a fan of the series (or have never seen an episode of Veronica Mars in your life) I’m not sure you’d enjoy it. BUT if you loved the series, chances are you’ll love the movie. All the characters ended up exactly where I thought they should be and the movie ended just as I hoped it would. Even as predictable as that ending may have been, I loved it.

I’m actually glad they waited so long to do a movie. It’s something the creators have been discussing since the show was cancelled 7 years ago. I’ve read some of Rob Thomas’ various movie plot ideas and none of them felt right to me. I wasn’t even a fan of the potential season 4 teaser that was a special feature in the third season’s dvd set, where the next season would focus on Veronica’s new life as an FBI agent. I can see why it wasn’t picked up – the idea stunk.

I’m a sucker for high school reunions (even if mine wasn’t as cool as Veronica’s) and it was fun to see the whole gang together again with that excuse. It was a the perfect angle for the movie and the perfect timing for the release.

Are you a Veronica Mars fan? What did you think of the movie?

 

 

 

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