When watching current television shows and recent movies, I have a hard time understanding what the actors say. But when I watch a movie from the ’30s or ’40s, the dialogue is perfectly clear. What’s up with that? Moviegoers of all ages who privately wonder why they often don’t know what’s going on when they watch a film may be relieved to know that this uncomfortable phenomenon is the fault of modern directors. They sometimes behave as though complex special effects and music, etc., are just as important as the dialogue, even more so in action films. The idea is that the movie should be a sort of immersion experience for the viewer.
And then there’s the improvement in amplification technology, which allows them to crank up the volume without distorting the sound. So it’s not you, readers! No, you’re not dull-witted nor growing deaf. Try watching an old film for reassurance. Even Marlon Brando famously mumbling his way through On the Waterfront (1954) is easy to understand. But The
Girl With the Dragon Tattoo (2011)? Forget about it!
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