Is it just me or has CGI been getting significantly worse lately?
Y'know I've been giving this thread title more thought and it isn't just the CGI but the writing as well. I don't feel writers are capable of balancing serious and fun at the same time. Today's TV, films and video games are either overtly funny or deadly serious and this isn't good. People point to one of the main issues of Answer The Call being that it suffers due to everybody in the movie being the comic relief but it's not just isolated to this movie, it's modern visual media that suffers from this.
At least in genre there are too many extremes of writing. Comedic characters are always presented as standup comediennes, very self aware and therefore always unfunny. Serious characters have little humour, reciting their lines off a script like they're bored and any humour comes from awful sarcastic quips. Everybody in The Big Bang Theory
acts like a standup comedian delivering zingers every minute that you fail to truly believe in those characters while in a comedy like The Fresh Prince of Bel Air
characters in a comedy have serious moments, they're more well rounded.
Have been rewatching Star Trek TNG and still amazed how well rounded those characters are. They are capable of various emotion and you don't feel cheated. Everyone seems to be taking it seriously but not too seriously. Compare Lois and Clark to Smallville, again the former has well written likable characters, the latter goes between extremes of it's characters.
The exception is crime drama because that has always been serious but look at any other genre and there is an imbalance in writing properly developed characters. In fact compare Law and Order to CSI and tell me the difference. One is effortlessly successful and one being too self-aware isn't.
Still don't believe me? Compare the original 80s TMNT cartoon to the 2003 version. The original manages different things even if it's self-aware and a bit goofy it never feels forced, the 2003 is deadly serious and the humour incredibly tacked on (mostly by Mikey). Video games? Of the top of my head God of War is humourless.
I'm totally aware it's today's style of writing but that doesn't make it's characters more believable.