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Posted 06 July 2017 - 04:23 AM

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It’s a well-worn adage but it’s true of movie big bads; less is more. A judicious Great White fin here, a rationed-out sweep of an imperial cloak there, the build-up to the reveal of a cinematic nemesis can be a delicious, thrilling thing – and shudderingly scary. The physicality of those foes meant they were a tangible, corporeal threat made flesh (or plastic), squaring up to our heroes in the same frame and dimension. They offered audiences a sense of genuine peril and, while the development of CGI allowed for visual augmentation, it didn’t damage our ability to suspend disbelief (The Mummy Returns notwithstanding).

And then Hollywood decided that the single most scary thing for our blockbuster protagonists to face was... a massive, swirling LED dust storm thing. Yep, what could be more terrifying than facing the inside of a Dyson hoover that’s overdosed on glitter? A cosmic minestrone soup? A billowing smoke stack of embers like your dad’s just done a particularly shit job with the bonfire on Fireworks’ Night? Um, quite a lot actually.

So now, instead of cranking nail-biting tension when the baddie arrives in full-on nefarious mode, all we get is computer-generated particle cloud fatigue and an instant gut-punch from fantasy back into reality. Is it any wonder that King Arthur: Legend of the Sword went down as well as a sodden codpiece with audiences when Jude Law’s campy king stops prowling about in furs and transforms into a stupid billowing Ghost Rider wannabe? Or Suicide Squad disappointed us after offering the worst of the worst, a battle with Incubus, which turned out to be little more than a nebulous black fart? And that piss-poor electromagnetic Doomsday stunk up Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice even more than Bats and Supes? And a moment, please, for Oscar Isaac trying his best as a glorified sandstorm in X-Men: Apocalypse.

Even good tentpoles can’t resist; Fantastic Beasts succumbed to transforming Credence Barebone into an Obscurus (i.e. the lovechild of angry fog and glow sticks) and Wonder Woman jettisoned her tangible adversary for a levitating cinder flurry. All of which only succeeds in making us tired rather than terrified. Or is it just me?

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Posted 06 July 2017 - 04:25 AM

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I've got to agree that the swirling cloud that's now in every blockbuster is getting very old these days.
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Posted 06 July 2017 - 08:20 AM

View Postp0is0n0us, on 06 July 2017 - 04:25 AM, said:

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I've got to agree that the swirling cloud that's now in every blockbuster is getting very old these days.


I’m glad I’m not the only one who’s sick of giant, swirling, CGI dust storms substituting for character conflict.
I still remember the s#!tty ending of “Green Lantern” (2011), in which the manifestation at the end looked like a tornado with dreadlocks (what exactly the f--k was that thing??). Same with the big, energy-manifestation fights at the end of just about EVERY superhero movie these days (I was rolling my eyes at the ending of “Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2”). There’s always a shot of our hero(es) staring, mouth(s) agape, at some giant, stupid, menacing dust/energy cloud the size of a moon coming at our hero(es). This is not a substitute for real action or conflict.

So help me, I think that if they ever rebooted “Rocky,” Apollo Creed would turn into a giant, crackling energy cloud by the 9th round...
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Posted 06 July 2017 - 12:50 PM

I don't watch many blockbuster billed movies, so I guess I just don't notice it as much hah!

There have been some CGI I've loved in recent years - from Beyond's nebula and the bee's which made for a lovely backdrop, to Hulk versus Hulkbuster which couldn't be done with real suits - but I haven't really noticed the clouds outwith Suicide Squad - which was admitedly terrible and cut off the heroes and villian too much (and became stupidly anticlimatic)
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Posted 07 July 2017 - 06:21 AM

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I don't watch many blockbuster billed movies, so I guess I just don't notice it as much hah!

There have been some CGI I've loved in recent years - from Beyond's nebula and the bee's which made for a lovely backdrop, to Hulk versus Hulkbuster which couldn't be done with real suits - but I haven't really noticed the clouds outwith Suicide Squad - which was admitedly terrible and cut off the heroes and villian too much (and became stupidly anticlimatic)


There are a lot of them out there, it just seems to be the generic blockbuster ending these days.
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Posted 07 July 2017 - 07:21 AM

View Postp0is0n0us, on 07 July 2017 - 06:21 AM, said:

There are a lot of them out there, it just seems to be the generic blockbuster ending these days.


I've noticed a few of them; "Suicide Squad" was another. I recently came across it on cable and thought for a split second that I was watching the rebooted "Ghostbusters" movie. Seriously. It wasn't till I saw Harley Quinn that I realized what movie it was...
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