Top 10 Voice-Overs In Film

By April 9, 2011Top 10 Lists

10. Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas (1998)

Raoul Duke (V.O.)

We were somewhere around Barstow, on the edge of the desert, when the drugs began to take hold. I remember saying something like:

Rauol Duke

I feel a bit lightheaded. Maybe you should drive.

Raoul Duke (V.O.)

Suddenly, there was a terrible roar all around us, and the sky was full of what looked like huge bats, all swooping and screeching and diving around the car, and a voice was screaming:

Raoul Duke

Holy Jesus. What are these goddamn animals?

If Fear and Loathing didn’t have any voice-over narration, it would basically consist of Raoul Duke (Johnny Depp) and Dr. Gonzo (Benicio Del Toro) running around screaming – with a trunk full of extremely dangerous drugs – for two hours. It’s a wild film, but you have to at least be able to comprehend some of it to enjoy it. Also, adapting a book can be a bit of a tricky business. There still needs to be a trace of the author’s voice there, and Hunter S. Thompson’s prose is an integral part of the story experience. Capturing his unique voice was more-than-essential in the adaptation process. In addition, having voice-over in the film meant that the action didn’t need to be stopped or diluted for our own understanding. Even if Duke relays some information in a gabbled way that is hard to grasp, you still feel reassured that there is some level of control here. Phew!

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