During this time of social distancing, I have been interested in seeing as many movies as I can. Sure the theaters are closed and all of the big time movies are being pushed back to the fall or 2021, but I was sure that there would be plenty of great movies on streaming to fill my time. And that is basically true.
However, I have found an issue. On Netflix, I have tried to watch two separate films that I could not finish because I could not stand it any more. These movies, The Platform and The Decline, were both of interest to me, but I could not finish them, and it was for one reason.
Both of these movies are foreign language films that have versions of them on Netflix with English language speaking dubbed over the actual language. I hated that.
Why do I hate this? Here are the reasons.
- It is terribly distracting. I find myself watching the actors’ mouths instead of paying too close of attention to what they are saying.
- The voice acting is not the same as the original voice. It does not match the actor and it loses emotion. I used to not watch movies with subtitles because I did not want to read a movie, but I can’t tell you how much I prefer that to what I am seeing on these films on Netflix.
- I have found it way too easy to lose interest in the films with these dubbing.
Why do the films decide to do this? I assume that the people in charge believe that viewers would not watch a movie with subtitles. I wish there was a way to choose one way or the other. If I want to watch without dubbing, it would be cool to be able to do it.
Either way, I have not been able to stick it out with these films. It has been a shock to me when I watch the films with the subtitles because after a while, the subtitles seem to disappear and I do not even realize that I am reading any longer.
So I find the films like Parasite, Train to Busan, Old Boy, films that I have recently watched, are much more entertaining for me than those that have been dubbed. I would not have thought that even last year.