Is Voiceover Lazy or Just Plain Effective?
In this first of a two part series, we examine this hotly debated device.
By Leigh Singer | April 27, 2018
The use of voiceover in movies is a hotly debated topic among cinephiles and critics. Is it lazy filmmaking or can it be an effective narrative tool in the right hands? The truth is it’s a little of both. Blade Runner’s voiceover is so infamous that it has essentially been expunged from movie history. On the other hand classic and modern classic movies like All About Eve and Adaptation employ voice over so well that it’s impossible to imagine them without it. And not only that, but once you begin to look at how directors use voiceover you begin to see just how many ways the device can be employed—and has been employed in some of your favorite movies.