Should Bad Singers Be Dubbed In Movies? Let's Explore!
Emma Watson in the new "Beauty and the Beast"
Whether you liked or disliked this movie you can tell her singing is helped from the machine of auto tune. There was a lot of auto tuning. Emma Watson can't seem to hold a not and she isn't the same as the old Beauty And The Beast from 1991. Her singing with short breaths doesn't exactly help her out either. But doing this wasn't easy when you have to compare it to the 1991 Beauty And The Beast.
Recently people have been making a big deal about actors being dubbed in the movies they're in.
For the past two decades pretty much people have started making a big deal of actor's singing be dubbed in movies. As a side note I like Lee Marvin's singing in that movie.
But can only a great voice be good even if they're not a good singer? Well it sometimes can be more than enough!
Even though many don't think Robin Williams is a great singer he has a great voice and that can carry a song by being charismatic and able to put a lot out there when singing a song that even a really well known singer can do.
Emma Stone's singing in the movie "La La Land"
Even though many think Emma Watson's singing is flawed but its beautifully vulnerable. Her singing is what helped her win the award for Best Actress. Her singing is very beautiful and definitely lovable she really seemed love singing in La La Land. I haven't seen the whole movie but what I've seen her singing is very beautiful and very enjoyable to listen to.
But even good singers can be dubbed depending on the movie.
Audrey Hepburn got her voice dubbed for one scene even though her voice is really good but her voice isn't great and that's what was needed for the movie. Her co star wasn't dubbed because his singing was bad but it was supposed to be snarky so that's why his singing wasn't dubbed in the movie and her's wasn't.
So with all this going back and forth, what does this all amount to? Well, maybe some actors should be dubbed while other actors should be allowed to sing. Depending on what's needed for the movie.
If a non-singer can pull off the emotion of the scene stronger than a professional singer, can it makes sense to use them. If the emotion of the scene completely rests on how well the song is sung, it should probably go to the dubbing department. Its especially good to dub them if they're not good singers and already have something to compare them to already that makes it so much more awful. It's also more hard to make it their own.
And to those saying dubbing takes away from and actor's performance, I'd say it's like any other special effect!
Some are done great, some are done poorly, but you still work with it to create an illusion that results in a strong emotion,
It doesn't matter what use to get there, or who did the most work as long as the audience is engaged on what's going on. An actor doesn't insist they do their own special effects make up, they leave that to the professionals! Yet they still have to act with it to suck the audience in.
That's exactly how dubbing is supposed to work if it's done right. There's also no shame if someone's not a good singer. A playwright doesn't have to be an actor to get an emotional response, a special effects artist doesn't have to be a writer to suck somebody into a new world!
So why would anyone expect an actor also has to be a singer to win an audience over? It's all in illusion over and the better it dazzles, the more we forget that we're in a seat watching a screen. We instead feel like we're being absorbed into a different environment. Just remember, film in a collaborative art form! As long as the focus is taking people on an incredible journey, people are always ready to hear that music, no matter how it's done or who sings it.