I've always been one to complain about poorly rendered computer graphics in modern movies. I thought I could easily pick out what was real and what was rendered on a computer. This video makes a compelling argument that there is such a thing is "good" CGI.
My favorite movie of all time is Jurassic Park. It was the first movie to use CGI on such an incredible scale and it pulled it off. Critics still argue that Jurassic park's CGI is actually better than current CGI. This really isn't totally true, but it's hard to argue that the creation of those scenes with such a small team, under-powered computers, and unreliable software that wasn't really meant to be used in this way, is one of the most incredible feats in movie history.
Check out what it took to create this monumental movie below.
Jurassic park certainly isn't perfect but the CGI of the T-Rex at night is still one of the most stunning pieces of cinnema I've ever seen. That's why it's so frustrating to see current movies with multimillion dollar budgets with cartoonish looking CGI. Last weekend I watched Mission Impossible 5 and many of the scenes looked so bad, I couldn't even focus on the plot.
I've found myself saying that I hate most CGI because It always stands out to me. It pulls me out of the movie faster than bad acting. Well this fantastic video at the top of this article by Freddie Wong set me straight. I don't hate CGI, I hate bad CGI. I hate CGI that was created because "it could be done" rather than because it "needed to be done." So many of the scenes shown in this video look flawless and I would have never guess that any CGI was used at all. Obviously a CGI dinosaur is impressive (and obviously computer generated) but a perfectly rendered helicopter shouldn't stand out to you at all. And that is the sad fact about CGI; if it's good, you don't even notice it.
If you're interested, check out this hilarious video of some of the worst CGI in recent years.