why is CGI inherently problematic?
transformers: CGI with nothing going on beneath it. the avengers: CGI with worthwhile character dynamics beneath it. lately it seems like "it has CGI" has become a cop out way to criticize a movie.
This is where we disagree. In my opinion The Avengers was not that much different from Transformers. This time it was basically Iron Man being a badass and his retarded sidekicks constantly getting in the way. What is the point of Captain America in this film? I feel like he and Iron Man were the Hannity and Colmes of superheroes, that is Captain America was there simply to make Iron Man look better.
CGI is also a way for people to make a mediocre film without putting much effort into anything else. Was The Avengers awful? No. Does it merit all of this hype and praise? Absolutely not. The films saving grace is an excellent performance by Robert Downey Jr. Everything else is your typical run-of-the-mill superhero flick, separated by giant cheesy CGI battles. I guess I don't get it.
the avengers being not much different from transformers is ludicrous. did we watch the same movie? you even admitted you don't get it.
i don't know how you see a hannity and colmes dynamic. iron man lets the captain assume command and direct him around the city as a containment mechanism. so is iron man colmes....? i don't think that's what you were getting at.
other than the obvious function that captain america is the lead avenger and he has an obvious leadership role that develops over the course of the movie, as this was their first mission together in film, he's a foil to iron man. if you think he's just there to make stark look like more of a badass, then do you value stark's narcissism? it's stark's self-confessed flaw throughout the first two thirds of the movie, and his own movies, a selfish individualist who only plays for himself, while the idea of this "team" of avengers just amuses him. he has that argument with captain america on the ship when captain america challenges stark to be the guy who takes one for the team, and who would make an irreparable, unavoidable sacrifice, and stark responds by saying there's always a way out, sacrifice isn't necessary. basically, captain america humbles stark, who eventually defers authority to the captain by the final fight. first when they're attacked on the ship he and iron man are forced to work together to repair the engine, and iron man realizes he actually has to rely on the captain to get out of the turbine, and he'd die otherwise. then during the fight he lets the captain assume control and order him around. then he makes the huge sacrifice with the bomb, when he didn't think he'd live--which is exactly the conversation he had with captain america, and the challenge the captain made to stark that he'd always put himself first.
the first sentence directly contradicts the first sentence of your post. you make it sound like it is inherently problematic because it is "just a way to make a mediocre film without putting much effort into anything else," which is an absurd and pretentious statement in itself. CGI and shallow movies aren't intrinsically related. you can't just arbitrarily establish a connection between those two things. that's just illogical and a terribly sweeping generality and makes it sound like you're predisposed to disliking any movie with above an X amount CGI before you even watch a second of it. that's just as illogical as the claim "hot girls in movies is just a strategy to distract the audience from the fact that the film is mediocre." that tarkovsky. always distracting me with those russian beauties. what a hack. and mulholland drive sucks because two hot chicks make out.
it's cool to dislike CGI and to dislike the avengers, but claiming CGI is there to distract from a bad story is just silly. one, there is story, and two, CGI was going to be there if the final product was shit like transformers or gold like the godfather because it's a freaking superhero movie. CGI being there has nothing to do with the quality of the film's substance.
lol i wrote a whole lot about CGI and the avengers.