A non-diegetic sound that occurs in the background that drives the course of a work’s narrative is called a voice-over narration. Yeah, that’s the definition using fancy terms. In simple terms, it’s voice from a third person or the central character’s perspective that narrates the entire course of events to the audience. It’s a tricky game for directors, editors and screenwriters as many think a supplementary voice would merely interfere with the storyline. Hence, we have categorized a list of movie where the screenwriters have done a remarkable job at innovating and enhancing the effect of a narrative. Here are our top fives:
Fear and Loathing In Las Vegas
Johnny Depp’s opening line in voice over in Fear and Loathing In Las Vegas straight away establishes the film’s psychedelic aura and the wild elation of Depp’s character, Raoul Duke, who acts an alter ego to Hunter S. Though this movie didn't fare well at the box office at the time, the voice-over narration was top notch.
Well, long story short – this film is superior in every sense and expect it to be enlisted in most of our listicles. It fits the bill for voice-over narration as well.
A Clockwork Orange
The most controversial movie on this list was also regarded subversive back in 1971, a turbulent period of time, outraged the viewers who called for censorship. Kubrick’s work was ahead of its time and it’s only now that we truly recognize its ingenuity.
Christian Bale plays a Manhattan banker by day and a serial killer by night. The voice over explores the character's deranged mind. His self-awareness statements like “I am the best looking” is sustained throughout as the voice-overs further reveal his lunacy. If you haven't watched it yet, get a Blu-ray copy now!
Well, you knew it hence we saved this one for last. If you have already seen the movie then you know why it still sits atop on IMDB rankings. Shawshank’s voice-over is undeniably commendable and you have Morgan Freeman’s soothing voice to thank for it.
So these were our picks. Do you think we missed any? Let us know in the comments below.