Archive for February 23rd, 2020

Movie Mayhem – The Call of the Wild

The Call of the Wild — 2020; Directed by Chris Sanders; Starring Harrison Ford, Omar Sy, Cara Gee, and Dan Stevens

As a big proponent for the use of practical effects over computer-generated effects, I was highly disenchanted by the trailer for The Call of the Wild. When filmmakers use CGI as a crutch, it tends to make the viewer numb to the emotional stakes of the film. There is a place for CGI, no doubt. When used to enhance what physically cannot be created or to perform tasks that may be too dangerous otherwise, it can be quite effective; when used for no other reason than because it’s there, even though something real or practical could do the job just as well (and sometimes even better), it becomes unnecessary imitation.

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