Stranger Than Fiction needs to use it, and does so just as you'd expect, however, I liked it - I liked its use of imagery, the personification of the watch, the quirky nature it brought to Crick and on the narrator herself.
And I especially liked this bit:
I'm being followed by a woman's voice.
They just stare at each other for a momment.
Okay. What is she saying?
She's... she's narrating.
Harold. You're standing at the water
cooler. What is she narrating?
I... I... I had to stop filing.
Watch. Listen. Listen.
Harold continues to organize papers into files.
The sound the paper made against the
folder had the same tone as a wave
scraping against sand. And when
Harold thought about it, he listened
to enough waves every day to
constitute what he imagined to be a
deep and endless ocean...
Harold stops organizing the papers. He turns to Dave.
Did you hear that?
You mean, you filing?
No. The... the... The voice.
[Oh God]... Dave it's, it's, it's...
The frightening part is that sometimes
I do imagine a deep and endless ocean.
Aside from how brilliant I think this extract is (and the to-and-fro of the script between narrator and Harold) the narrator's dialogue acts as a brilliant narrative show-don't-tell. This alludes to how very unhappy Harold is in his life, how his job goes forever on - which leads very nicely to the conclusion.
It is that kind of immediate narrative description that I'm beginning to pick out of Murakami's writing: pick up the theme, deliver it succinctly with a nice ole simile or metaphor, relate it to the character and move on.
Note: Script extract from available script at SimplyScripts.com