Having watched The Amazing Spider-Man 2, I am taken aback by how a movie with a massive budget of $200 million can have such bad CGI. With many of the action scenes, I might as well have been watching a video game cinematic from 2005. Surely I can’t be the only one that feels this way.
Granted The Amazing Spider-Man 2 was an overall good movie, the numerous unrealistic CGI scenes took away from any immersion that can be had by a keen viewer. Seriously, in most of the scenes that involved the use of their powers, you would be excused into thinking that Spiderman and Electro were pulled straight from one of the many PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 Spiderman video games.
It brought back memories of the first Spider-Man film and how it looked like Spiderman weighed nothing as he swung from place to place. In the same vein, Electro looked cartoonish when set against the backdrop of a realistic New York City.
Watch the following trailer and pay particular attention to scenes from the 0:30 second mark to 0:34, and from 2:51 to 3:00. Let me know how realistic you find the animations.
I have watched this particular trailer many times, and I think the problem lies with the textures and the movements of the characters’ limbs. Simply put, they are so poorly rendered that Spiderman looks like a clay man when web-slinging.
Keep in mind that Spider-Man 2 was a $200 million film, which is a shame considering that the Avengers and Iron Man movies cost just as much to produce but delivered better CGI elements. There wasn’t a single scene in The Avengers that made me think “Man, that looks fake.” On the contrary, “WOW, that looks awesome” was my general reaction throughout.
Stepping away from comics for a second, have you seen the apes in the Rise of Planet of the Apes? If you haven’t, check them out here. Their CGI rendering will blow your mind.
Sony, the company that owns the filming rights to the Spiderman franchise and the one responsible for the CGI in The Amazing Spider-Man, could learn a thing or two from the team responsible for the CGI in The Avengers and Iron Man.
After watching the first Amazing Spider-Man, I was hoping that with more CGI rendering experience under its belt, Sony would have stepped up its game with the second movie. I was wrong, because what it delivered was a movie with CGI that is marginally better at best. Get with the program, Sony; you are being outplayed.