Actors, Quit Mumbling Your Words!

March 16, 2014
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Above: Matthew McConaughey attends the premiere of “The Wolf Of Wall Street” at the Ziegfeld Theater on December 17, 2013 in New York City. Image by  JStone / Shutterstock.com

I remember the first time I watched Game of Thrones I couldn’t understand a damn word they were saying. Also, I had accidentally watched episode two instead of one so that made things extra confusing. Fast forward to present day True Detective and again I find myself at a loss as to what Matthew McConaughey is mumbling to Woody Harrelson. I mean, is it too much to ask that you enunciate guys?

I’m noticing that more and more actors are mumbling and it’s ruining TV! In order to balance the mumbling, audio mixes are getting louder. So you have to reach for the remote each time an actor speaks to turn the volume up and then get a shock of your life and quickly turn the volume down when the music comes on because it’s so loud it’s shattering your eardrums.

Now I’m not saying that an actor can’t mumble if the role calls for it. I mean, look at Marlon Brando who pretty much mumbled through his career thus becoming one of the finest cinematic mumblers. But when it comes to Brando, one can hardly grumble about it.

At the very least I’m expecting to hear the dialogue with some straining on my part. The many times I’ve had to replay the clip and still not understand what’s being said is increasing. And before you start on my failing ears, it’s not me. It’s you.

Can anyone really understand True Detective?

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cHWLpJRlBYA
Not without subtitles I can’t! Or at least not most of it.

British Movie

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pPY-sCiRCeA
Pretty much any cool Brit movie with lots of guns and characters with names like Bacon, Spud and Sick Boy.

Eddie oh Eddie

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=adFAVm3vPAA#t=462
Watch from seven minutes in. Honestly, it feels like he’s taking the piss (like the spoof video above) but nope, he’s really talking. This is a lot of effort dedicated to be understood so little.

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