There are some fantastic movies out there that employ voice-over narration wonderfully, and that was what inspired the following prompt from film critic and journalist Tina Hassannia.
Hassannia asked her fellow Twitter users to name their "favourite films featuring voiceover narration" and to explain what exactly the voice-over contributes to the film.
all right film twitter fam, another poll: what are your favourite films featuring voiceover narration? what exactly… https://t.co/BBdOXy3WIU— tina hassannia (@tina hassannia)1554505986.0
It didn't take long for her to receive some pretty excellent responses.
Y Tu Mamá También (2001) and Gone Girl (2014):
@tinahassannia Amy in Gone Girl. Her Cool Girl speech is one of the best movie monologues. “I was f’ing game”— SWM (@SWM)1554595577.0
The Lobster (2015), Memento (2000), and Stranger Than Fiction (2006):
@tinahassannia THE LOBSTER, because it’s barbed and ironic; MEMENTO, because it’s heartbreaking; and STRANGER THAN… https://t.co/w2oeJOOXBB— ❄️kyle (win)turner❄️ (@❄️kyle (win)turner❄️)1554506602.0
@tinahassannia CASINO, baby! the scene where Pesci dies during his VO and its cutoff as he’s hit with a baseball ba… https://t.co/u3fjZ3mzVg— john (@john)1554550917.0
Barry Lyndon (1975):
@tinahassannia BARRY LYNDON: narration adds a layer to character development, and sets a distant tone of both tragedy and satire— Vincent Poulain (@Vincent Poulain)1554508672.0
Inherent Vice (2014):
@tinahassannia Has to be INHERENT VICE, always steering between roads of poeticism and matter-of-fact detail.— Will (@Will)1554507108.0
@tinahassannia I love how the characters' inner thoughts in ELECTION (1999) reveal their self-denial and duplicitou… https://t.co/EbFxu7yLpk— Christopher Beaubien (@Christopher Beaubien)1554522312.0
The Sandlot (1993):
@tinahassannia THE SANDLOT, it seamlessly matches the zaniness of the events and fits the way a child would fondly… https://t.co/63nPl5mJD2— Fairway Frank (@Fairway Frank)1554597131.0
@tinahassannia Goodfellas! Henry told it like it was. Made everything so raw yet & simple at the same time. "Righ… https://t.co/Z6TYG33FLt— @kcirishbabe (@@kcirishbabe)1554598782.0
The Age of Innocence (1993):
@tinahassannia The more I watch THE AGE OF INNOCENCE, the more I love Joanne Woodward’s narrator doing Wharton’s prose.— Mallory Andrews (@Mallory Andrews)1554597252.0
@tinahassannia How is every answer not Adaptation? Cause that’s the only answer in my mind. https://t.co/abnuBMBupn— Shawn Kohne (@Shawn Kohne)1554593640.0
@tinahassannia Why am I the only one saying Trainspotting? I mean the Choose Life monologue in itself is the most iconic part of that film.— Mu (@Mu)1554595661.0
Badlands (1973) and Days of Heaven (1978):
@tinahassannia My favorite VOs are Sissy Spaceks in Badlands and Linda Manz's in Days of Heaven. (Hmmm. Malick!) Th… https://t.co/BmFc3u7YNd— Sheila O'Malley (@Sheila O'Malley)1554519652.0
Stand by Me (1986):
@tinahassannia Stand By Me. Richard Dreyfus’ voiceover as The Writer is the films emotional core. ‘Although I haven… https://t.co/enGJavRC9F— The Rt Hon Leggy Mountbatten (@The Rt Hon Leggy Mountbatten)1554625128.0
What are some of your favorite films using voice over?
Those of you who haven't seen any of these now have some films to watch so you can judge for yourselves!