You may hate heavily post-processed images and videos, but do you hate them the right way? Here's how to properly do it.
It's So Fake
Obvious composites and VFX are not always a subject to hatred, because in some works, we tolerate the immaturity of the technology or the industry at the time.
However, when it comes to contemporary work, being fake is intolerable. With so much information on "how to make it the right way" and the viewers being quite sophisticated, there's no excuse for bad VFX work. Let me clarify something here. This is not a negative emotion towards the story or the fact it was a post-processed work. This is a critique of the skills of the artists who worked on it. When it's bad, it's bad. You can rightfully say that without any hypocrisy.
It's Too Much Work
Have you made any composites or VFX? Have you felt you'd rather pay from your own pocket to shoot the scene for real? Instead, you are fiddling with a Curves layer here, a Hue/Saturation layer there, and a Color Wheels effect on top, wondering why you can't fool your eyes yet, because this piece still looks like glued newspaper cutouts on a canvas. Then, at 2 am, you think you've finally made it and gladly eat the rest of your cold pizza. In the morning, you look at that "finished" work and it looks like your child has played with the adjustment layers' sliders. There's no more suitable moment for spewing out words of negativity against compositing and VFX.
It's Not Meant for VFX
This is when a post-processed work that twists the real world pretends to be of documentary value and recording an event as is. Hate is welcome here when you see any intervention that distorts reality.
I'm a Simple Man: If I Know It's a Composite, I Hate It
There is a type of person who likes a movie very much until they watch a behind-the-scenes video online and they go: "Really? This is what I gave $12 for? To watch computer-generated backgrounds? Couldn't you make a whole medieval village in the middle of the lake with this budget of yours? You're ruining the whole movie!" Remember that this person initially liked the film. Now, this kind of attitude is not right. Hating the production because it fooled you when it was meant to fool the audience? Come on.
Hating fine work because of the tools that were used to produce it is not a mature attitude. A picture or a movie deserves negative feedback only if it's not serving its purpose: telling a story. Otherwise, just let it be, especially if you liked it.