Sunday, March 18, 2007

What did He say?

Just watched iRobot and the movie was fine enough, but shared a shortcoming that a lot of current movies have (especially in the action genre). The music and sound effects are so loud relative the voices of the actors that you have to have the TV blasting in order to pick out the dialog. I suspect this is a feature, not a bug. The loud music ramps up the tension, etc. It serves the same function as the now ubiquitous laugh track in comedy, letting us know what we are to feel about the events on the screen. Maybe I'm old fashioned but I'd rather the storyteller work on telling a story and letting me sort out my own feelings about what is happening. Anytime someone is trying to bypass my reason to get a reaction I get a little nervous.

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