[quote=“Stanton, post:47, topic:3405”]It is not the CGI which makes action scenes great, and it were never any kind of older FX which made older action scenes great, it is now and it was before always the creativity in the use of the film language which made the great action scenes so amazing. Special Effects of any kind only help to make them look better than they looked before, also they may help to create perspectives or camera movements which were before impossible.
When the then newest Special Effects are not new any more, and are replaced by the next big thing which technology makes possible, then I still can enjoy great action scenes from any decade for their imagination when the effects look already more or less dated.
CGI is for me nothing to complain about. I enjoy modern action scenes. Most are principally done very well, and that has nothing to do with CGI. But with the use of the editing and the camera.[/quote]
Probably, but many directors show a tendency to overuse CGI, it’s like a new toy they’re very fond of and can’t stop playing with (a bit like the use of slow-motion and spurting blood after Bonnie & Clyde and The Wild Bunch had made it popular). And I don’t like movies that rely too much on CGI (like I don’t like movies that rely too much on special effects in general). In some cases the CGI or SFX are very functional, Gravity is an excellent example, but often they’re only show-off, irritating, like in the Conan remake.
I watched Pompeii the other day. Not a great film, but the CGI were functional, used to good effect (to create the eruption of Mount Vesuvius and the destruction of the city)