10 Stunning Movies With One Awful CGI Moment

9. Grand Moff Tarkin - Rogue One: A Star Wars Story

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Rogue One: A Star Wars Story is one hell of a handsome film, with basically every shot in the movie featuring a CGI element of some kind.

For all of the movie's space battles, robots and epically destructive set-pieces, it rightly received a Best Visual Effects Oscar nomination.

But there's one small yet significant effects element that just doesn't work at all, and that's the misguided inclusion of a CGI Grand Moff Tarkin.

The classic Star Wars villain of course originally appeared in A New Hope, but given that actor Peter Cushing died back in 1994, Lucasfilm decided to use actor Guy Henry as a stand-in and voice performer, while pasting a digital mask of Cushing over the top.

The results are distractingly unconvincing, and it doesn't help that Tarkin not only appears in numerous scenes, but he's frequently shot in mid close-up, making the limitations of the VFX ever more apparent.

Clearly, they should've just hired another actor to play Tarkin, because putting the arguments aside about the dubious ethics of re-animating a long-dead actor - no matter what Cushing's estate thinks - it created a negative talking point that the movie really didn't need.

You can certainly argue that the CGI Leia (Carrie Fisher) that shows up right at the end of the movie also falls into this trap, but at least it's just a fleeting shot, rather than a recurring digital character who steals attention away from everything else whenever he shows up.


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