“And if you’re reassuring yourself that I’m going to make it through this since I’m talking to you now, quit being such a smart-ass! Hell dude, you never seen
? Sunset Boulevard? American Beauty?” – Dave Lizewski/Kick-Ass, Kick-Ass Sin City
Movie narration is something that comes and goes over the years. Some movie critics consider it such an affront that they rip the movie to shreds simply for having narration. Personally, I rarely even notice it, and when I do I usually appreciate it. For me, it rings really hollow when you have a character speak his thoughts out loud to other characters because those people treat it as the most natural thing, and it’s not. The better alternative is to have the character speak only to the viewer.
This category is not a spoiler for these three movies. Both Sunset Boulevard and American Beauty tell you right at the beginning that the narrator is dead.
consists of multiple interconnected stories, with multiple narrators, so you don’t know which one(s) will end up dead. Sin City
I could have included a couple of other movies I have seen, but those would definitely have been spoilers. You don’t find out until the end of those that the person you have been listening to is dead.
On to the reviews…