Like most everybody on the planet (unless you live in the belly of a giant space slug), Oscar-winning director James Cameron has seen Star Wars: The Force Awakens. So, what did he think about the newest entry in the Star Wars movie franchise and J.J. Abrams’ take on a cinematic universe set in a galaxy far, far away?
Cameron has the distinction of having helmed some pretty huge blockbusters over the years: Terminator, Aliens, Titanic, Avatar. So you’d think he’d be supportive of the movie that put Star Wars back on the map and made a ton of money in the process. But that’s not exactly what happens when a film student interviewed the legendary filmmaker, who is good pals with George Lucas:
"George Lucas is a friend of mine and he and I were having a conversation about it the other day. I don’t want to say too much about the film, because I also have a lot of respect for J.J. Abrams. I have to say that I felt that George’s group of six films had more innovative visual imagination. This film was more of a retrenchment to things you had seen before and characters you had seen before and it took a few baby steps forward with new characters. For me the jury's out. I want to see where they go with it.”
Right. That's a, erm, diplomatic way of saying he thought Abrams’ movie sucked was a bust, but that he’s waiting to see what the next director (that’d be Looper director Rian Johnson) will bring to the table for Episode VIII.
What do you think of James Cameron’s criticism of Star Wars: The Force Awakens?