Movies have now reached a point at which special effects are often seen as a substitute for a plot. I can't think of an example, because I never watch those movies through to the end. I saw a trailer for yet another Sherlock Holmes movie last week, yet another Holywood 'take' on an old English traditional theme, and was flabbergasted to see trains flying through the air, bridges apparently collapsing on to the camera and lots more spectacular mayhem. My problem with it is that the original Sherlock Holmes stories progressed at a steady, dignified pace and satisfaction in them lay in the mental processes of Holmes, not in cataclysmic explosions and objects whizzing through the air. It makes me ponder about the quality of adult being pandered to. Perhaps the average attention span among adults is now less than five seconds. Perhaps following a plot is a step too far.
Digital effects should be used sparingly, like Marmite, fantastic in small doses but revolting in large quantities.
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