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Ryan Reynolds' new film The Adam Project has been met with mixed responses following its release on Netflix, with some viewers unable to move past one particular aspect of the film.
It's not as startling as it may seem at first, though, because Reynolds actually plays the part of a time-travelling pilot who journeys to the year 2022, where he comes across a younger version of himself, played by Walker Scobell, and the younger version of his dad - hence the small age gap.
The film has received a positive audience score of 79% on Rotten Tomatoes, but that hasn't stopped many viewers from taking to Twitter to complain about the film's de-ageing effects, which are designed to take a few years off people on-screen.
Viewers honed in on the way the effects impacted Catherine Keener, who played Maya Sorian in the film, with one person writing in part, "Terrible Katherine [sic] Keener de-aging CGI not withstanding - she ironically looks much younger at her real world age".
Really enjoyed The Adam Project despite the pretty tepid reviews. Not award winning cinema but it was a decent way to spend a couple of hours.— Colin P (He/Him) (@FKAColinTDF) March 13, 2022
(Terrible Katherine Keener de-aging CGI not withstanding - she ironically looks much younger at her real world age)
Another viewer wrote, "Can't get over how badly they botched the deaging of Catherine Keener's character in The Adam Project, she looks like a Sim."
One frustrated fan said the editing was so bad it actually stole their attention away from the film itself, writing, "Jesus Christ the digital de-aging in The Adam Project was awful lmao. Looked like a bad phone filter or crappy deepfake despite the VFX in the rest of the film being pretty good. Was so distracting."
Netflix should have hired Shamrock who did the Luke Skywalker sorcery to do the de-aging in The Adam Project. This looks...rough. pic.twitter.com/931F4lLYA9— mandy//The Battinson ❓0❓❓ (@BattinsonMarvel) March 13, 2022
Jesus Christ the digital de-aging in THE ADAM PROJECT was awful lmao. Looked like a bad phone filter or crappy deepfake despite the VFX in the rest of the film being pretty good. Was so distracting.— Shaun Munro (@DuskTilShaun) March 13, 2022
Though there seems to be a large consensus on the quality of the de-aging effects, thankfully the issue proved to be more funny than anything, and wasn't enough to stop people enjoying the film.
De-aging complaints aside, the flick has received a lot of praise from viewers, with one branding it a 'masterpiece'.
"I don't say this about many movies, but The Adam Project on Netflix is a masterpiece", they wrote, adding, 'Chef's kiss.'
The Adam Project is incredible, hilarious and just so full of heart, it is without a doubt one of Netflix’s very best originals and just such a fantastic debut for Walker Scobell— Luke (@qLxke_) March 12, 2022
Another commented, "The Adam Project is incredible, hilarious and just so full of heart, it is without a doubt one of Netflix’s very best originals and just such a fantastic debut for Walker Scobell."
The film is currently trending at Number 1 on Netflix in the UK, so bad de-aging or not, it definitely seems to be a hit.
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