Despite discovering the series of the same name four years ago--and listing it as a Facebook favorite--I didn't learn of the fan effort to bring it back as a film, until the Kickstarter film campaign was over, and Kristen Bell was thanking her fans. Nevertheless, it was welcome news.
I was taken aback by the film's ditching a supposed FBI career track for Veronica--hinted at in Season 3--replacing it with a possible future as a New York attorney, but the film made up for it; it shows why her nature makes it hard to cut all links to her P.I. past. The lives of the cast are examined, too, going in predictable directions, said directions being better, worse, or mixed, i.e., Wallace as a teacher, Weevil as a happily married family man (later events complicating this), Mac as a computer programmer--for the Kanes, and dad Keith Mars remaining popular in Neptune, despite events in the series. Mean girl Madison Sinclair and village idiot Dick Casablancas, don't change at all, alas. Minor characters--nameless, to conceal spoilers--return, only to die for reasons relevant to the plot. And Logan Echolls, despite his Navy pilot career, is still Logan, with all that this implies, the implications driving the film, and affecting Veronica's future.
A return to Veronica's old stomping grounds was long overdue, and unexpected--given earlier obstacles to its TV return or a comic/graphic novel continuation--but I'm confused by the film's failure to reexamine plot threads at the show's end, threads including the fate of Keith Mars, supposedly indicted in the finale for destroying evidence harmful to Veronica, yet he's seemingly unaffected by those events, here. (Even if it was mentioned off-screen by the series' creator, the film should have mentioned it.) The activities of the menacing, Illuminati-like secret society known as the Castle could've been explored further, but never were. And why Logan still has a pulse, after having been marked for death after his smackdown with someone tied to the Russian mob, is confusing, even though it's a relief that he's alive.
On the other hand, some loose ends are obvious with common sense. The absence of Veronica's dog, Backup, could simply be that he died in the 10 year interim; how long do dogs live, anyway? Do the math. As for Vinnie Van Lowe still being a sleazy private eye, not Sheriff (the finale implied that Keith's indictment let him win the Sheriff's race)? The same explanation for Veronica's comfort with private eye work, despite her career alternatives: He's obviously more comfortable with that life. As one who loves to keep dirt on the high and mighty, he would not be too happy as Sheriff of Neptune, a job that has previously required those in that position to suck up to the powers that be. (And the powers that be would be aware of his reputation, too.)
And while the film appears to be set in 2014, wouldn't the passage of a decade put this film closer to 2017, as the series ended in 2007? Minor nit, but still. Nevertheless, I have limited complaints about this film, whose bittersweet conclusion is still open-ended enough for a sequel. That said, if one hasn't seen the TV series, it's definitely a prerequisite for watching the film.