A lot of modern CGI effects look very fake too, just in a different way. It's very obviously computer generated most of the time.
That's not a problem with CGI per se... but of budget.
Cheap low budget practical effects look just as fake compared to high quality practical effects.
It's the same with CGI... cheap CGI looks like cheap CGI whereas with high quality CGI, you'd never know it wasn't real.
The REAL problem with modern CGI is lazy directors. As CGI objects are not physically real, they can be moved and manipulated however the director wants them to get the angle or shot he wants. The problem is that most times, what the director wants and what the Real Object, if it existed would be capable of... are two very different things.What you the viewer end up with is a craptastic *beep* piece of realistic eyecandy that looks real but behaves like the fake cartoon it is.(Red Tails? Anyone. Transformers, Pearl Harbor)
Compare the dogfights in Tora Tora Tora with those in Michael Bay's Pearl Harbor.
It isn't that Bay's CGI Warhawks and Zeroes "looked" fake. It is that they flew and acted fake, pulling completely bullsh!t maneuvers impossible for the Real planes.
Or look at the shoot down scene in Behind Enemy Lines. Great looking CGI, but the missile acted like it was right out of Wile E. Coyote's ACME rocket catalog.
I joined the Navy to see the world, only to discover the world is 2/3 water!
Agreed...just saw this movie RSRD on tv...I hooted and snorted every time a Japanese ship blew to smithereens! !
CGSailor is right--sometimes the CGI planes look okay, but they bank on too tight a radius, or turn flat, or jerk around in a cartoonish way, or there are too many planes too close together. CGI technicians should spend more time looking at real objects and animals to see how they really move.