Tuesday, May 24, 2005

Yap, yap, yap

Looks like Slate dislikes voiceovers as much as I do.

Seriously, voiceovers suck. I was watching The Shawshank Redemption on cable the other day, and there's not a damn bit of information in Morgan Freeman's voiceover that you couldn't glean what was happening on the screen. I'm pleased to report that Veronica Mars's voiceover had been almost completely phased-out by season's end. It's a visual medium, folks. You don't need that crap. Chris Claremont should take note of this, as well.


Blogger Alex said...

The only problem is that Shawshank's V.O. has some of the most quotable lines in the movie, so in that regard, it definitely adds to the overall enjoyment of the pic.

"...crawled through a river of shit, and came out clean on the other side."

"Get busy livin', or get busy dyin'. Damn straight."

"Oh Andy loved Geology, I guess it appealed to his maticulous nature, an ice age here, million years of mountain building there, geology is the study of pressure and time. That's all it takes really, pressure and time."

5:55 PM  
Blogger Alan said...

Normally, I'm staunchly opposed to movie narration, too. Damn opposed! Damn damn damn opposed! But there's something about Morgan Freeman's voice in Shawshank that just lulls you into the movie, creates a sort of intimacy that is undeniably effective.

Still, Shawshank is a very rare exception.

12:07 PM  

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