There have been some incredible film narrators over the years, that have kept you on the edge of your seat. These narrations let you explore the inner mind of the character that is on the screen, and they let you connect on a deeper level. But sometimes, the inner mind of the character is just plain boring. Here are the top 5 film narrators that will have you yawning in your seat.
5) Leonard, (Guy Pearce) “Memento” 2000
Don’t get me wrong, I love Memento. Actually, I love most the films on the list. But Leonard’s repetitive voice over and poetic words of nonsense are just exhausting. Say “Where am I?” one more time Leonard. I dare you.
4) Susie Salmon, (Saoirse Ronan) “The Lovely Bones” 2009
Ah, Susie. You would think being murdered would make your narration a little more… passionate? But I guess that’s what heaven does to you. She narrates the film with such a sweet airy voice that by the time she actually does get murdered, you’ll probably be snoozing with your head in the popcorn.
3) Verbal Kint, (Kevin Spacey) “The Usual Suspects” 1995
There’s just something about Kevin Spacey’s calm voice that simultaneously creeps me out and closes my eyelids.
2) The Narrator, (Edward Norton) “Fight Club” 1999
When you have a character suffering from insomnia and a general lack of enthusiasm about anything going on in his life, you have a narration that is so dull it could put even an insomniac to sleep. Norton is just so dry and dull that sometimes you can picture his dead eyes as he says the words in the recording booth. This is the narration of a man who is on auto-pilot.
1) Captain Benjamin L. Willard, (Martin Sheen) “Apocalypse Now” 1979
The horror… The horror. Not only does Martin Sheen sound exhausted and tired, but his character Willard has almost nothing interesting to say. At one part he actually starts reading a report that… You know I’m not even sure what it was about because I stopped paying attention. The narration in the film just makes the film drag on and on and on and on and on and on and on…Read less