Is Excessive CGI And No Plot Becoming A Trend In Movies?
There are many movies that use their special effects and explosions to attract a crowd, while they barely bother to work on the rest of the movie. Does it matter when films like "Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen" and "X-Men Origins: Wolverine" make millions of dollar with little more than CGI and special effects to win over the crowds? Both movies were generally panned by critics and yet still dominated the box office, and despite agreement that the plots and acting were atrocious, they will still make millions more on DVD.
Image © Twentieth Century Fox Film Corporation.
Movie goers have always been interested in seeing something they've never seen before, for things to be bigger and better on the screen then they are in real life. And yet it's hard not to remember that the creativity of set design, costumes, and make up were once a daring process. Making "Dracula" was more about setting the mood and physically creating an epic illusion, because they did not have the technology we do today. But special effects were like the icing on a really great piece of cake in movies like "Terminator" or "Alien," not the primary reason people bothered to see it.
On Box Office Mojo, the top ten grossing movies of 2009 involve 8 heavy CGI films (including "Star Trek," "Up," and "Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince") while only two ("The Hangover" and "The Proposal) were average flicks. In that top ten, several were panned by critics and yet beloved by the population; was it because the movie had hidden gold or because it looked really pretty? Special effects can be the perfect addition to a good film, it can tighten the look and wow the audience, but there's a problem with relying too heavily on it to sell films. Does it dumb down our entertainment? Does it allow the filmmakers to be lazy and create something subpar just to sell sell sell? And what does it say about the average moviegoer that it actually works? We'll get more "G-Force" movies and "G.I. Joe" sequels and before you know it, a movie won't be able to get made unless it features enough explosions and flashy animation styles.
Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen © Paramount Pictures
What do you think about CGI and special effects in movies?
Story by Chelsea Doyle
Starpulse contributing writer
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