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Are Visual Effects Ruining Movies?

  • noVFX?

    “the dramatic heights captured with some true classics such as Peter Jackson’s The Lord of the Rings or the original Star Wars trilogy” – are you seriuos? “dramatic heights”. Both movies are only “illustration” for fans and nothing more. You can hardly called these movies at all. Boring..boring..boring… most of audience will fall asleep. In contrary both these movies are great example how VFX overpower the true drama. Visually stunning… dramatically horrible.

    • Gary Shannon

      It depends on how you see “true” drama. In The Return of the King for example, at the base of Mount Doom, the camera is close to Frodo and Sam to indicate an intimate moment between the two, portraying them as individuals rather than as set pieces for visual effects. The scene is completely performance based, as is most of the human drama depicted in The Lord of the Rings.

      Also, who’s to say that VFX didn’t help dramatically define some of the most iconic moments in these films? Luke Skywalker’s symbolic, coming-of-age stare into the binary sunset, Gandalf’s sacrifice on the Bridge of Khazad-dum. You may not personally find these scenes dramatically powerful, but to a great many people they still are, and without VFX they wouldn’t be nearly as remembered or lauded decades after.

      Thanks for taking the time to read the article.