Being George Clooney (2016)

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A documentary that delves into the creative, often humorous world of audio dubbing a Hollywood motion picture for the international market.


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23 October 2016 | DukeEman
| The art of voice dubbing...
The world outside of Hollywood has become an important market for big blockbuster movies. If the movies don't do so well locally, then there is no need to worry because they can still make a return for the studios in the overseas box office. And to achieve that, they have to rely on their movies being dubbed into various different languages to capture that market.

This insightful and entertaining documentary chronicles the art of movie actor dubbing. It begins with an introduction to various voice actors from around the world who supply George Clooney's voice. At first glance, this documentary seems lightweight, with a few interesting aspects on the art form of voice dubbing. It also goes into the history and the politics, and other interesting aspects. Ultimately it falls back into its sweetness of the characters, who were well chosen for this documentary.

There were times when I wished they would have stayed on a few of the topics that little bit longer, but seem to brush over it. Like the German voice actor who took on the Hollywood studio to court and then was blacklisted, and the changing of the Clooney voice in Germany, which rustled a few feathers.

Overall the documentary makers allowed us to create a connection with the voice actors through their vulnerability, and their opinions on being underpaid and unnoticed as industry entertainers. These situations add more interest to a topic which is ultimately entertaining, but still interesting enough.

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