The Quiet American (2002)

Date of first viewing: Sunday, October 12, 2003

Location: Home, with Michael
Format: DVD

One of the WORST examples of VOICEOVER NARRATION!! Why oh why do they do it?!? Don't tell us how we should feel! Make us feel it! Generally, voiceover narration should be used sparingly. There are brilliant examples of effective voiceovers: "About A Boy," "Adaptation," "Fight Club," "The Opposite of Sex." In these movies, the narration doesn't explain what the audience can clearly see for itself on the screen. Instead, it provides a counterpoint to what's on screen or reveals the inner workings and obsessions of the narrator's mind.

Anyway, suffice it to say, this Academy Award nominated film is NOT RECOMMENDED, despite Michael Caine.


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