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By Micole Williams, EM Entertainment columnist
Before the TV dramas, Revenge and Pretty Little Liars, there was Veronica Mars. Back in the day, I remember watching the go-getting, sandpaper-humored teenage PI, Neptune California’s very own Nancy Drew.
Well now she is all grown up. The movie takes us into Mars’ life a decade later. With a degree in psychology and a continued use of wits, she is a shoe-in for Columbia Law School, even with a sex tape lingering around, just like her old boyfriend who co-starred in it.
Just as we adjust to thinking she is going to turn over a new leaf, live a high-profile, power player life…a reunion of sorts brings her back to her familiar, dingy place. Like second nature, she is attached to a case that is near and dear to her heart. A former classmate, turned singing sensation, is found dead in the tub. This ignites the Private Eye fire and Mars is shedding her power suit for her getting into folks’ business, crime-fighting superwoman gear. “This is where I belong in the fight,” Mars affirms.
And what a team her and her dad still make. Both are very protective of each other while dedicated to helping those who are in need of justice. Soon, she is hooking back up with old friends and her “drama magnet” days resume along with the same-style wise cracks, the kind that struggle so hard to be bad…grown…hard. But if you are hoping for a “TV ending”, this movie won’t give you that. This is a story that deals with the complexities of young adult life and how quarter-life crises have many striving to get ahead, yet haunted by yesterday’s comfort.
Even her relationship with her dad is strained due to her decision to stay put and risk losing a great future in New York. Mars is “taking the long way home”, but you are wondering, what now? There was a want to see what her life would be like going away from what came naturally, but the choices are respected because Mars always did things her way. She always went with her gut.
This movie is about how acceptance helps you come clean. Many times people are playing a role they just can’t carry out. Not Veronica. I believe the premise of the film, as well as the former TV show, is knowing one’s self is far better than becoming someone else.
Micole Williams is a teacher, author and filmmaker from Houston, Texas. On Twitter, follow her @willmpower and follow her book series @the TWOTLTseries.