CGI & The Great Gatsby

On May 10, 2013, the latest movie interpretation of The Great Gatsby was released in theaters. Although the film was considerably enjoyable there was one thing I noticed about it that I haven’t been able to shake off. The film was absolutely dripping will computerized visual effects.

The settings, and even some people, looked very fake in the movie. The video above confirms it. Why was so much CGI used to bring this book to life? Part of me wants to believe that the director, Baz Luhrmann, wanted Daisy and the gang’s lifestyle to seem unrealistic and dream-like. Another part of me believes that the oversaturation of CGI is due to lazy filmmaking.

Is this the future of filmmaking? Big Hollywood producers become too lazy to have people actually go out and capture real footage? Computerized visual effects can contribute to a film immensely if the right amount is used appropriately. Star Trek (2009) is a great example of this. However, in films like The Great Gatsby CGI is used to create images one could easily film naturally, like a tree. Even the trees looked fake in that movie!

Was the fake, computerized look of The Great Gatsby intentional or was it just lazy filmmaking? Let me know what you think in the comments section below!

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