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I just didn't think that the voiceover adds anything of significance, other than seeming to pad out some character moments.


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See this cartoon - the noir gumshoe pretty much goes hand in hand with overwrought, moody voiceovers for me. Blade Runner wasn't literal film noir but worked heavily with its tropes and iconography, and the voiceover was part of that for me. It isn't necessary to the film's plot or characters, but it enhanced the atmosphere.


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My least favorite all-time voiceover-heavy movie: Dune (David Lynch version). Any time that a voiceover voices a character's thoughts instead of allowing the audience to infer the subtext from the actor's performance is, in my opinion, poor direction and poor editing.

With Dune being an exception, I find that the most successful voiceovers are ones that are for films adapted from books---the voiceovers often are excerpts from the body of the narrative in the book, and help give the story a "voice," and help the audience understand whose POV the story is from. Shawshank Redemption is a fantastic example, since without Red's voiceover, he could very easily have been a mistaken for a background character in the film.


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That and also, Morgan Freeman doing a voiceover. That idea's just made of win.


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D'you think he got the part because of his voiceover prowess?
Because the Red in the book is actually a red-haired Irish guy...
 
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According to this page, pretty much, yeah.

I do love the way when he's asked why he's called Red, he replies "Maybe it's cos I'm Irish"


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Originally posted by Dweller in Darkness:
That and also, Morgan Freeman doing a voiceover. That idea's just made of win.


Yeah, I mean, you could have Morgan Freeman doing voiceover about freaking penguins and it would sound amazing.

...wait...

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Yeah, some could say the Morgan Freeman has the Voice of God.

...wait...


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"Is that Ms Ephemera hovering over the croquet lawn?"�
"Indeed m'lud. She's marshalled all the haggle-dans. Missy-twigs and vale-nymphs from Claypole Woods. Apparently she intends to tear this house down and dance on the ruins."�
"Well, Chives, you'd better start the car, what? And pack my tennis things too"�
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I love the science show he narrated as well. Just a silky smooth voice.


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And what about the voiceover in Stranger than Fiction? I know it actually plays a part of its own in the plot and it's therefore unavoidable, but doesn't it also prove that good voiceover can be brilliant?

Oh, and
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Originally posted by Big Flinchy!:
Awesomeness! Big Grin


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Yeah, I think it's more that bad voiceover is just something that I really, really notice.

I haven't seen Stranger Than Fiction, mostly because I'm kind of burnt out on Will Ferrell.


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If you are burnt out on Will Ferrell, then I highly recommend Stranger Than Fiction because he is absolutely un-Will Ferrell-like.

And Maggie Gyllenhall is luminescent.


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"Is that Ms Ephemera hovering over the croquet lawn?"�
"Indeed m'lud. She's marshalled all the haggle-dans. Missy-twigs and vale-nymphs from Claypole Woods. Apparently she intends to tear this house down and dance on the ruins."�
"Well, Chives, you'd better start the car, what? And pack my tennis things too"�
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An interesting theory - I'll check it out.


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I second the praise of Will Ferrell in Stranger Than Fiction. I wasn't too keen on the film (I felt it was too smug and not nearly as clever as it thought it was - plus Emma Thompson's supposedly brilliant writer writes crap prose) and I thought that Maggie G. suffered somewhat from Manic Pixie Dream Girl syndrome, but Ferrell was very good.


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I really don't like Will Ferrell, but Stranger Than Fiction was a sweet, endearing movie.

I was visiting TheBoy and Giabow and Limertilly was visiting them and TheBoy put it on for background and so I didn't pay as much attention to it as I should have, but it managed to catch my attention.


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We watched Winter's Bone on DVD last night. It gave me nightmares having to do with severed limbs and hilljacks. It definitely didn't romanticize the lives of Ozark hill folk, which I admired, but I was kind of in a funk after watching it.

Jennifer Lawrence was incredibly restrained and steely, and after watching her in this I can totally see why she was cast as Katniss in the upcoming Hunger Games movie.


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"Chives?"�
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"Is that Ms Ephemera hovering over the croquet lawn?"�
"Indeed m'lud. She's marshalled all the haggle-dans. Missy-twigs and vale-nymphs from Claypole Woods. Apparently she intends to tear this house down and dance on the ruins."�
"Well, Chives, you'd better start the car, what? And pack my tennis things too"�
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X-Men. Which I shall say now I love like pie, as I was carefully and thoroughly indoctrinated in X-Men love as a small child.

But. But. It is very hard to take Magneto seriously when he sounds like a culchie.

It's really a good thing the cinema was nearly empty, with J whimpering at the horrible mangling of the German and me muttering about how your viva does not fucking make you a professor and my sister cackling madly at Fassbender's accent.


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i'm pretty sure that has nothing to do with movies...unless you just saw that horrible movie with john cussack in it



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