Originally Posted by dobermunk
Okay, I'll bite.
Maybe its the manner of visualizing a meager story. Films of the ilk of FinalFantasy are "well-lit", inviting logical scrutiny and inviting the viewer tokeep tabs on the elements that fall out of line.
Story-lines like Hero unfold in a fog. And then people start dancing on tree twigs. Its all so dream-like that you feel lulled into enjoying the visual. The whole making invites a dream-oriented encounter, and therefore more forgiveness with those moments that fall out of line.
I think you're on to something here. What you're saying kinda reminds me of the previously discussed topic of "Uncanny Valley" which Roger Ebert uses to explain why "Final Fantasy" and "Polar Express" exhibit creepiness. So taking that theory and applying not to human characters and robots, but instead, for discerning the fantastical elements in a live action setting (wire-fu flicks like "Hero" and "HOFD") vs. "elements that fall out of line" (as you put it) in pure CG films like "FF" and "PE". This actually makes sense to me.
The wire-fu films are almost caricaturizing reality .. hence, it's acceptable. In fact, if done convincingly, they plus the film. On the other hand, when CG films have caricatured characters, all's well. But the minute they attempt realistic human characters.. or anything that's not quite physically correct, then these anomalies are all you really seem to notice. Anyone buying this?