In recent years we have seen a lot of technological advancements take place in the world of cinema and this has only increased the viewing experience for the audience. This has allowed realizing some of the most unimaginable sequences and these things give the chance for newer stories to be told. One couldn’t imagine that the screen consists of a realistic-looking ape talking to humans in the new Planet of the Apes trilogy and it is not people donning practical costumes. CGI has enabled a lot of exciting events to take place on the screen and fans of the medium enjoy all the new ventures that unfold using this medium. But these can be very expensive and often studios decide whether they are ready to invest in a project based on the idea of the movie being successful or not. Let’s take a look at some examples of the worst CGI in blockbuster movies.
The Justice League (2017)
The Justice League went through a development problem during production as Zack Snyder had to leave the project because of unforeseen circumstances. WB didn’t wait around and instead hired another director to take his place and this was no other than the MCU director Joss Whedon. The movie was critically panned and was furthermore poorly received by the fans of the DC. With a plot that hardly takes an interest in the heroes and a color palette that makes almost everything in the movie look a bit off. The worst part was the CGI that was used to remove Superman’s mustache as actor Henry Cavill was working on Mission Impossible Fallout.
X-Men Origins: Wolverine (2009)
Probably amongst the worst that the X-Men movies had to offer, this narrative actually indulged too much into the action and hardly paid interest in the plot. Meanwhile, the terrible CGI did not help at all as fans got to witness some of the most fake-looking blades coming out of Wolverine’s fists. The actor convincingly played the character but the terribly CGI only affected this performance. In a movie consisting of mutants with a variety of powers, fans would definitely expect to see some good CGI being used but the movie proved otherwise.
The Mummy Returns (2001)
Everyone would agree that Brendan Fraser’s Mummy movies were a feast for the eyes when we were kids, at least better than the 2017 horror show. The movie had some of the most interesting adventures and often the CGI was overlooked because of the convincing way the actors performed around them. But the same could not be said about the sequel when at the very end we see the Scorpion King arrive. Getting to see Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson appear on screen with terrible CGI is probably the worst thing fans of both WWE and the Mummy movies might have expected.
The Matrix Reloaded (2003)
It is well known that the first Matrix film actually ended up revolutionizing the way that action was depicted on screen. The movies had the perfect blend of narrative and action with some of the advancements that are still being used by the industry. But the sequels didn’t fare well in any of these areas and often it felt that these elements were absolutely missing. One of the worst CGI moments has to be when Neo has to fight an entire army Agent Smiths, as one can clearly see that physics is often absolutely removed from the scene.
The Polar Express (2004)
When The Polar Express was first released, it was a groundbreaking feat considering the entire movie was CGI. It was considered a Christmas treat and it had a heartwarming story in the center of the narrative. But over the years the CGI hasn’t really aged well as fans of the movie have agreed that one of the scariest parts of the movie has to be the lifeless eyes of the characters. It was one of the highest budget movies that had come out during that period but still, they failed to execute the eyes that were required for the movie.
The Matrix Resurrections (2021)
Fans were excited to see how the Matrix trilogy will be revived with another addition to the franchise that came out this year. There were many issues with the movie but one of the most primary of these issues was definitely the fact that it was too self-indulgent and meta. One of the most interesting themes of the movies has always been the action and fans expected to see this being brought back on the big screen. But the movie ended up failing at bringing the CGI action scenes and often the scenes felt like cutscenes from a well-executed game.
Catwoman has to be one of the worst comic book adaptation movies that have ever been made. It is absolutely surprising to see how the creators of the project failed to bring to life one of the most interesting characters in DC. Halle Berry won the Raspberry Awards for one of the worst performances and she has accepted that the movie was not one of her best choices. The only thing that this movie can ask for is terrible CGI and the movie seems to have succeeded at that too as it features some of the most unrealistic-looking scenes.
Cats is definitely one of the worst movies ever made in the history of cinema and this was very clear from the very time that we got to see a first look at the movie. The movie boasts a cast of heavily talented actors and even the director is one of the most acclaimed at his craft. But the movie fails at convincing us with CGI cat versions of real actors that look absolutely bizarre. Even the actors have come to say that the movie is not something that they are really proud of. It seems that the concept of cats should be avoided when making movies because they really end up ruining the movies.
Black Panther (2018)
Black Panther revolutionized the superhero genre with one of the best depictions of a black superhero on screen. The Marvel Cinematic Universe has generally been praised for delivering great CGI feats that involved battles across the universe and with all sorts of phenomena. But the one thing that MCUs best movie lacks is the CGI that takes place around the movie. It ends up feeling like the creators gave up on perfecting the CGI and that made the tone of the visual aesthetic for the movie look a bit off.
The DC Extended Universe hasn’t been quite successful over the years with each project being received poorly by the critics. Even the fans were quite divided about the initial projects and Wonder Woman was the first film that was a major success. This was followed by Aquaman and while the movie was okay it was actually well received by the fans. But the main issue with the movie was the overindulgence with the effects. It is quite a feat to make an entire movie that deals with the underwater world but the movie had some of the most bizarre CGI moments. This has to include the fake hair that took away the attention of the viewer and ended up ruining some of the scenes.
So these were the instances that had the worst CGI in blockbuster movies.