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18 February, 2006

Less 'wow!', please

In his 'Ten Best Sci-Fi Films That Never Existed', David Wong makes an excellent point about the 'Star Wars' prequels:

Thank you, CGI. Thank you for letting the director project the most expansive reaches of his imagination into a bright, neon digital rendering that doesn't for one second look like a universe you could live in.

Don't get me wrong; when I saw that space battle in 'Revenge of the Sith' I did turn to my friend and say, "damn, those are some phat-ass effects!" Which was nice, but when I saw the barge scene from 'Return of the Jedi' 20 years ago, all I could think was, "I wonder how Luke is going to get out of this one!"

Agreed. I feel that ideally, CGI should make the impossible-to-film utterly believable. If one sees the effects as effects, even if one admires them that's something of a failure.

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