Sophia: He shot my dog.

John: I get it.

Such a simple exchange, but rich in nuance and subtext. If anyone follows the franchise, then you know John Wick is a master assassin, feared by all, and the first movie was all about his puppy motivation & getting revenge/vengeance.

The above dialog reminds me of a few things:

A small, powerful intro can do wonders in setting up your character and their motivation.

Referencing said motivation/personality is great for texturing and confirming your character’s character.

Dialog doesn’t have to be wordy or long winded to get its point across.

Even in the most intense moments, there is room for humour (and in intense movies, humour is a necessary release valve for viewers.).