It's Thursday, and it's time for another edition of Thursday Movie Picks. This week we're talking about films that are narrated by narrators who never appear in the movie. Yeah, this was a difficult one. My first inclination was Stand By Me, which is beautifully narrated, but even though we never see Richard Dreyfuss, he voices adult Gordie, played by Wil Wheaton in the film and so he's technically 'on screen'.
So I had to dig deeper and think harder and then I got stumped and then I saw a magical little movie that, thank heavens, had off-screen narration!
So now I have three.
|The Royal Tenenbaums (Wes Anderson, 2001)|
F*cking Alec Baldwin! I'd listen to him talk all day long. Baldwin is GOD and I'm so ready for him to snag an Oscar for something, anything. GIVE IT TO HIM! Alas, I can't always get what I want. What I do get is a brilliantly 'storybook' inspired narration that serves Anderson's tone so effortlessly. Next time, Wes, give Alec a full-fledged ROLE in your film, please.
|(500) Days of Summer (Marc Webb, 2009)|
Seriously, people, is this not the most perfect use of narration you have ever seen?
|Dope (Rick Famuyiwa, 2015)|
First off, this movie is, literally, DOPE. Like, I'm still in awe over how much I love it, but we're here to talk about the narration and, I LOVE IT! It's few and far in-between, but it's effective and it's poignant and it packs a serious punch in the most clever and well constructed of ways.