Some of the best movies this year relied heavily on practical effects instead of entirely CGI, and it makes a difference. Watching Mad Max for instance, it’s much more exciting if you have to ask yourself if people are really swinging from 30 foot poles on a moving vehicle or not. This would be a good trend if it continues.
Scroll through this year’s Oscar nominations. Find the category for visual effects. There, you’ll see two colonic reboots: “Mad Max: Fury Road” and “Star Wars: The Force Awakens.” They make for pretty interesting nominees. To hear it from their directors, the special effects of “Fury Road” and “The Force Awakens” are notable for being old-fashioned rather than innovative, earthbound rather than gravity-defying.