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SXSW: World premiere of ‘Veronica Mars’

Staff Writer
Austin 360

Austin’s Rob Thomas, the writer and director of the “Veronica Mars” TV series, gave fans what they wanted Saturday with a raucous, packed-house premiere at the Paramount as South by Southwest entered its second day of nonstop screenings. As most people know, the movie opens with Veronica (Kristen Bell) living in New York with Piz (Chris Lowell) and getting ready to pursue a big-time law career. Then she sees on the news that her old flame, Logan (Jason Dohring), has been accused of murdering his girlfriend. And Logan calls and says he needs her help. So Veronica flies back to Neptune, Calif., and she’s picked up at the airport by a dashing Logan, who is decked out in a crisp, white military uniform. Even the most clueless fan has to guess that this flame is going to be re-ignited. During the movie, various cast members from the canceled TV show pop up again, and every time one of the old characters returned, the crowd roared approval. There was Dick (Ryan Hansen) still surfing and acting like a doofus. And there was Jerry O’Connell as the corrupt sheriff. But some of the biggest applause came for Cindy (Tina Marjorino) and Veronica’s dad Keith (Enrico Colantoni). Ten years have passed since the old crew was together, and as it turns out, this is the weekend of the class reunion. Veronica, of course, resists going, but she’s tricked into it by friends. And then she has to put up with a lot of jerks who tried to make Veronica miserable. As usual, Veronica lets them all know that she couldn’t care less. Most of the rest of the movie focuses on the rekindling of the romance between Logan and Veronica and the untangling of a murder case as Veronica goes back into private-eye mode. It’s a fun case to crack. And the crowd loved it. After the premiere, the cast members came up to the stage, and Thomas once again thanked donors to the Kickstarter campaign that raised a couple of million dollars to help fund the movie. And for those who were worried that the series couldn’t make the transition to the big screen, they can breathe a big sigh of relief. It’s not at all unlikely at this point to see a “Veronica Mars 2.”