Earlier this summer, Mad Max: Fury Road took audiences on an intense thrill ride that few other action movies have provided in recent memory. Critics and moviegoers pointed to the practical effects and stunts as one of the things that made it feel so visceral, separating it from many other recent blockbusters. Meanwhile, J.J. Abrams is taking every opportunity he can to remind fans that Star Wars: The Force Awakens is using physical sets and props wherever possible to get back to the feel of the original trilogy. There definitely seems to be reaction against green screen sets and elaborate CG VFX sequences happening right now. But are we all unfairly throwing CG under the bus?
A recent video essay from RocketJump Film School illustrates how the subtle use of CG can greatly enhance a movie. Some people seem to forget that when utilized properly, CG effects are invisible and completely seamless. Also, there are plenty of things that would not even be possible without computer-generated imagery. However, there is still a tendency for some directors to overindulge or use it as a crutch. What do you think? Is CGI ruining modern blockbusters or are we jumping to conclusions based on a few poorly executed movies? Would you like to see more movies return to practical effects? Is one form of special effect definitively better than the other? Give us your thoughts here on Open Forum Friday.