In A World... (15)
13th September - 19th September 2013
I am someone who actively shuns TV commercials and film trailers, so
watching a movie centred on the world of Hollywood voice-overs was pretty
alien to me.
Lake Bell, a name I had never come across before, excels as director,
producer and writer, as well as being the principal actress.
She battles, among a pack of males, to replace the so-called 'The Voice
Of God', Don LaFontaine, who was the kingpin of voice-overs for advertisements
and trailers for various blockbusters, including horror 'epics.'
LaFontaine, who died in 2008, was the voice actor famous for recording
more than 5000 films and hundreds of thousands of TV adverts.
Archive footage is included of LaFontaine during the opening credits
of the film.
The natural successor to LaFontaine appears likely to be Sam Soto (Fred
Melamed) the father of Lake's character, Carol Solomon, herself a somewhat
lower ranked voice-over practitioner and voice coach. But things do not
work out as expected.
In a very funny movie, full of astute character studies, particularly
the macho world of Tinsel Town, Lake lays open the pretentiousness and
pomposity of the voice-over cattle market.
A series of four films, titled The Amazon Games - a massive epic - is
about to be released and the race is on to determine who will win the
coveted prize of enunciating the voice-overs.
Power struggles then ensue, with Solomon, despite her dad being incandescent
at the thought that she, a woman, would even consider putting herself
among the contenders.
Despite my ignorance about the world of voice-overs before seeing this
film, Bell has given a vivid insight into the backstabbing and narcisstic
manoeuvring rampant within that industry and to the greater monster, Hollywood
In a poignant closing scene, Carol is engaged in giving instructions during
an introductory coaching class to a group of various high shrilled young
"I am going to teach you how not to sound like sexy baby dolls."
she informs them."Because you're better than that, and women should
speak like women. They should stand up and make their voices heard."
Bell has certainly done so with this film!