"Things Never Change"



A Vietnam Veteran joins a local gang in order to track down his cousin’s killer.

BlueCat Screenplay Script Analysis

The story is very original and timeless. It’s still a present problem in American society that there’s not a good rehabilitation system in progress to assist war veterans back to regular civilianization. This works for the story because it makes the story realistic and relatable to the present times. The character arc works for the story because the way the story unfolds; the ending is more relatable and human. For instance, the fact that Vinny goes from trying to be Vincent and not get sucked back into his old life to realizing that he can’t help it if he really wants to live the way he feels he deserves then he has to let go of his morality. This also goes outside of the mainstream happy ending, instead it appears authentic because the get has to become what he’s been fighting against. This leads to a more organic narrative and impactful story. The story has a good pacing everything progresses naturally. The dialogue is written really well, every character has a unique voice and tone, even in situations where there’s a lot of people in the scene. Like when the horsemen are speaking, Seth has a more demandingly, casual tone compared to Quinn and even Vinny in the beginning. The dialogue is also brief enough to be realistic, but not too much to overly informative. The dialogue supports the actions and ultimately supports the narrative. The integration of the narrative works really well for the story. As well as the subtle cleverness that underlines the whole narrative. For example, the way Louis C has a lot of satanic characteristics and iconography and he does all his business with the horsemen like the four horseman of the apocalypse. The title works to describe the entire story. The major conflict in this story is between Vincent and himself, so the fact that the story is called Vinny, is like foreshadowing that he’ll go back to his old life when everyone knows him as Vinny. The story is also clever in its specificity, the way in the beginning Vincent was referred to as Vincent then as the story goes on and things continue to go bad for him he adds another part of his past self back. This was also seen when in the beginning he refuses alcohol and as time goes on he’s taking multiple shots. The intercutting also works to get the full visual experience of the world.

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