VFX is here, there, and everywhere. There are hardly any movies today that do not use visual effects, at least, in parts. This year too we had our share of VFX treat. We look at the top five VFX films of 2016 that made a lasting impact.
The Jungle Book
Walt Disney’s The Jungle Book has already made it to the top five of Oscar’s predicted nominations list for the Best Visual Effects category. And at the risk of sounding biased, we confess that we are already rooting for it to win. But this should come as no surprise as the movie has pushed all technological limits. We, for one, were mildly spooked watching Kaa (the python) in 3D, and how real she looked. Be it in English or Hindi, we just can’t get enough of Mowgli, Baloo, Bagheera, Shere Khan, and King Louie.
Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them
The most recent release was also one of the most awaited releases of the year. Riding on the immense popularity of the Harry Potter franchise, this prequel to the series has close to 1,500 visual effects. It is also a strong contender for the nomination list at the Oscars. After all, how often do you see magical creatures coming out of a suitcase? Try, never.
While we wait for Benedict Cumberbatch to return as Sherlock, we got a visual effects treat in Doctor Strange. Considering that the movie has no less magic than a Harry Potter film, making the mystic realms, the astral plane, mandlebrotting, kaleidoscopic elements, and space look real was sheer genius. For those who have watched it, will know it.
Of course, we have all heard stories about how Leonardo DiCaprio shot in sub-zero temperature at remote locations for the film. But that does not take away from the stunning locations visuals created through VFX that had us glued to the big screens. Talking of VFX in The Revenant, how can we not mention the bear mauling DiCaprio, still fresh in our minds.
Disclaimer: No bears or DiCaprio were hurt during the making of this shot.
Captain America: Civil War
And we just can’t get enough of superheroes! If you saw Captain America: Civil War, you will never forget the airport scene where a superheroes war breaks out. The Avengers, Black Panther, Ant-Man, and even the very young Spider-Man are all present in the action-packed scene. Definitely one of the best VFX-laden films made this year.
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