L: “You didn’t tell me you and Piz were a thing.”
V: "My love life didn’t seem relevant…"
Veronica fascinates me in the movie. For a good chunk of the first half of the film, Veronica is very flirty with Logan and kind of playing with fire, which she acknowledges during the two car scenes (“Then again, you ever hear the one about the junkie who was satisfied with just one more taste of the good stuff? …Neither have I." // "Do I get a chip for this? …Leaving the bar without taking a sip?”). She knows she’s tempted, she’s acknowledging it, but instead of taking measures to distance herself, she willingly dances around it. When they’re alone, her body language becomes more open, more flirty, more playful. She’s enjoying the game as much as she’s enjoying the dive back into detective work, these are her adrenaline rushes.
When Piz- her boyfriend- is in the same room as Logan and Logan subtly calls her out on her behavior during the past few days a day later, Veronica acts very curiously in that her guilt- and irritation- is very obvious. Kristen does a pretty great character move of having Veronica look to and away from Logan very quickly and unsure of how to busy her hands- like a child trying to appear innocent.
Veronica also becomes agitated when “confronted.” She becomes prickly and avoids eye contact. She curtly agrees Logan should leave the reunion (a stark contrast from her playfulness just minutes earlier outside), and responds just as tersely when a peeved Logan- who was clearly getting vibes from her before- brings up Piz (startlingly similar to her open annoyance when Wallace informs her Piz is flying in). She knows she was doing wrong regarding her behavior with Logan and she doesn’t like being confronted, one way or another, with that knowledge.
While it’s not a likable character trait throughout the film for our heroine, I love how human it was. Veronica isn’t a stupid person, she knew exactly what she was doing and her visible unease when confronted showed that. It made me wonder how far Veronica would’ve dipped her toe in, had Piz not showed, if she would’ve tried to see how far she could take it. Would she have cheated? Probably not. But she sure enjoyed messing with the idea.
It’s not likable behavior, but I thought it to be a great character choice since it’s something we so rarely see with her. It made me go “Veronica, what the FUCK are you doing?” but it also made me very intrigued as to where it was going, character-wise for Veronica. It’s very much okay to let the hero be human, even if it makes them unlikable.
(special thanks to nightlocktime for helping with the videos for the gifs!)