A few days ago me and my dad started watching a movie called “Norikos Dinner Table.” We decided to quit halfway through to finish another time. One reason was because it was getting late, but another reason is because the movie already burned us out
And that is solely due to the excessive amount of voice over in the movie. Seriously, it was like every 3 seconds we were bombarded with voice overs, and this went on for the first half of the movie. And this was made worse by the fact that some of it wasn’t even necessary for following the story. And this has brought me to write about the pervasiveness of voice overs, and why they need to stop.
Film is a visual medium. A little voiceover if absolutely necessary is fine, but the bulk of the story should be given to the audience visually. I will admit that documentary have more license to use voiceover, but for a narrative focused movie the story should primarily be told through visuals(and dialogue i suppose). Another movie that suffered through a bit too much voice over was Kick-ass(and that two glaring plotholes, but that’s another post).
In the comic book i’m sure it worked fine, but on screen it was didn’t really work so well. So to any current or future filmmakers, calm down on the voiceovers.