Critics have been especially harsh on this character choice. Our review noted that Tarkin's appearance is the "one CG moment [that] sticks out like a sore thumb." But plenty more sites have piled on. Jeremy Smith at Birth.Movies.Death. wrote, "The f/x are so on point here that you can't help but lament the CG awfulness of Moff Tarkin, who looks like he wandered in from 2001's Final Fantasy: The Spirits Within."
David Edelstein at Vulture went a step further, writing that "Cushing has come back from the dead as a sneering, third-rate villain. Even his Baron Frankenstein would be horrified by this kind of grave-robbing. And you can bet it's a sign of things to come. I'm already scared that, as I write this, some Alec Guinness impersonator is clearing his throat."
As the Edelstein slam reveals, the anti-Tarkin crowd isn't just mad because the man looks a little weird. Debates have already begun about what this means for the future of movies. Are actors doomed to be trotted out for new movies decades after their deaths? Worse, are up-and-coming actors set to lose jobs to computer graphics?