As we near the halfway mark for the “40 Reasons” event Twitziller continues to bring up some fantastic points and great reasons to look forward to the G.I. Joe: Retaliation film. The latest one goes beyond simply G.I. Joe and could certainly be applied to many Hollywood features today.
Twitziller did bring up the topic of Practical Effects with Reason #30, but I think it’s important to note that there is certainly a place for visual effects and CGI in the film as well, as long as there is balance. As I discussed in that post, there seemed to be some issues with balance during the Paris Pursuit scene in G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra where the fully CGI characters looked a little artificial and overdone. However, there was a sequence in that same film where Storm Shadow jumped from a window and grabbed onto the Cobra Gunship that looked extremely cool because there was the right balance of visual effects and practical effects.
There are obviously elements of strong CGI throughout G.I. Joe: Retaliation, specifically in the Ninja Mountain Battle scene, but the trick is to layer it and balance it with realism, and Twitziller is right on the money. From what we’ve seen so far in footage, that’s being done quite well.