re: “dodgy” CGI
At this point, for me, the comment itself is a lazy cliche.
On the one hand, due to disc extras, we know more about the process of film-making than ever, but people still only see what they want to. The belief is some SFX tech just presses a button and whammo! Instant effects. Total bullshit but that’s people for you.
If CGI didn’t exist the various 80s films we look back on fondly would get this kind of reaction:
- Models were shit
- You could see the wires
- Those matte composites were lazy
And so on. You get the idea. Going to a big, multi-million dollar budget blockbuster that spins an impossible story of total fantasy and then whinging about the effects just seems the height of idiocy to me. You want realism? Batman jumps off a building, shoots the Bat-rope, misses, smashes himself into a car from over 100 feet up, killing himself and many others in the pile-up his corpse creates. The response? “That pile-up effects were crap.”