What do you think the age limit is for being even remotely relevant nowadays? I’m trying to think of the youngest film critic that has let time completely wipe them of any sense of progression so I can countdown from today until the time they either stop writing about movies or die.
This comes up because, with the advent of some recent movies, I’ve heard way too much talk about something being “like a video game.” Let’s not waste any time here, this is some lazy fucking criticism. What does it even mean for something to be videogame-like? Are there interactive, Shenmue-style moments in which the audience is prompted to press A to make Gerard Butler dodge a sword? No, it’s a pompous and dismissive way of saying that a movie has too much CG. Is that all a game is? I don’t see anyone complaining that the latest Splinter Cell cutscene “looks too much like a movie.”
I’m not even really defending CG here; I’ll always be in love with traditional FX . But I even read similar comments recently in response to the new TMNT flick. Can a fully computer-animated movie have too much CG? That’s like saying Aladdin was too cartoony. It’s a statement parroted by out-of-touch old men (and aspiring old men) and, realistically, it means absolutely nothing.