I Have Had It with Mumbling Actors

Discussion in 'Visual Arts' started by ServingTheMusic, Jul 21, 2015.

  1. ServingTheMusic

    ServingTheMusic Forum Resident Thread Starter

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    I have just about had it with mumbled dialogue in movies and tv shows. My wife and I can't watch most things now without closed captioning.

    Mumbling is a NOT more "authentic" delivery. Note to Hollywood...we are actually supposed to UNDERSTAND the screenplay.

    I don't know anyone who mumbles when I speak to them in real life.

    Cut it out.:ignore:
     
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  4. ServingTheMusic

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    Come again?:D
     
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  6. Jose Jones

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    I've been enjoying the authentic mumbling delivery.
     
  7. PHILLYQ

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    No mumblecore for you, then?:)
     
  8. ServingTheMusic

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    Nah...:o
     
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  9. vernon

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    I feel uncomfortable to watch new films (well since the 80s actually), with my dad, a movie addict, when he keeps complaining that actors todays are unable to project their voice like the actors of his generation did like Gregory Peck, Charlton Heston, Peter O' Toole, Katherine Hepburn, Audrey Hepburn, Sophia Loren and so on.

    Infact the other day, I was watching Robert Downey Jr Sherlock Holmes flicks, he turned to me and mockingly said ''even Basil Rathborn's fart sounds clearer than what this guy's saying''.
     
  10. boyjohn

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    Yes, and i've also noticed that they can't make pants that don't shrink and they started making the text to small to read on everything lately.
     
  11. ServingTheMusic

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    It actually goes my way beyond projection.

    Downey in the SH movies was an absurd joke. I could not underrstand a single mumbled line.
     
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  13. ServingTheMusic

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    Heheh
     
  14. neo123

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    Johnny Depp has mumbled many a line, as has Robert Downey, Jr., Matthew McConaughey, Christian Bale, and many others.


    Oh! and Nicolas Cage is another example.
     
  15. ServingTheMusic

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    McConaughey drawls his lines...Depp is hit or miss. Bale mumbles, but not in his best flicks.

    They have to kill this misguided notion that lines delivered in a barely audible manner are somehow more profound.

    Yeh, it's real profound when no one knows what the **** you are saying lol.
     
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  17. Vidiot

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    Doh, try to watch Jim Caviezel on Person of Interest. Absolutely unintelligible. What's amazing is that everybody else on the show speaks clearly, enunciates perfectly, and in a normal tone of voice.

    I'm baffled by the trend for too many actors to be "low talkers" in film & TV. God knows, this would not work in a play. And I think it is possible to act in a subtle, natural way without mumbling or talking very, very low.

    This is the bane of dialogue mixers in Hollywood, BTW.
     
  18. Deesky

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    Well, in a way they are. If a line is ambiguous and open to interpretation, then it can assume all manner of 'meaning' by those that ascribe their own interpretations to them. Just look at some well known ancient texts!

    Which is not to say that I find mumbling tolerable in the least.
     
  19. vernon

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    Yeah, brought his name up in my defence. Didn't work. He's not a big fan of Brando, calls him an anomaly of his generation of actors but then again he loves his performance as Mark Antony in 'Julius Caesar' and films where he hardly mumbled like 'The Night Of The Following Day' and others.
     
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  20. Pete Norman

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    You'll just love David Duchovny then!
     
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  21. ky658

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    How about the old Dick Tracy cartoons with Mumbles:

     
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  22. ServingTheMusic

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    Spot on. Thanks for using the phrase "low talkers", of which in real life there are few statistically.

    To your point about dialogue mixing.at one point my wife asked to me to turn up the center channel by almost 20 DB!
     
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  23. ServingTheMusic

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    Prince of the current mumblers. Can't understand a single piece of dialogue on Aquarius..from him or anybody else.
     
  24. ServingTheMusic

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    I still think nothing is open to "interpretation" if it can't be heard.
     
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  25. michaelscrutchin

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    I love Joaquin Phoenix's mumbling in The Master and Inherent Vice.
     
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