Nov 4, 2021

Avatar & Terminator DIrector James Cameron Thinks New Star Wars Movies Lack Imagination

The Avatar and Titanic maker is backing J.J. Abrams, but, finds fault with a recent Star Wars film.

It might have shattered box-office records all over the world and received great critical acclaim as a movie that saved the franchise, but, Star Wars: The Force Awakens.

According to James Cameron, the reboot by J.J. Abrams didn’t have the “innovative visual imagination” seen in the original movies. The director who is a close friend of the Star Wars creator George Lucas agreed with those who felt that Abrams didn’t bring anything new to the Star Wars.

“I don’t want to say too much about the film cos I also have a lot of respect for JJ Abrams, and I want to see where they’re taking it next, to see what they’re doing with it,” he said.

“I have to say that I felt that George’s group of six films had more innovative visual imagination, and 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. So for me, the jury’s out, I wanna see where they go with it.”

Abrams had earlier rebooted Star Trek franchise, and happened to be a key factor along with the producer Kathleen Kennedy  and Lawrence Kasdan (who had written The Empire Strikes Back and Return of the Jedi) in the revival of Star Wars, that started after Disney purchased the rights from Lucas for more than $4 billion. The Star Wars: The Last Jedi was directed by Rian Johnson who had earlier made Looper. Although it might have failed to impress Cameron on the creative front, Star Wars: The Force Awakens went on to make over $2 billion, thus, becoming only the third film in history to achieve that feat. The other two such films were Titanic and Avatar, both of which were helmed by Cameron.

Earlier, Cameron had given his opinion on another mega reboot: Terminator Genisys. The film was a follow up to the Terminator movies which were co-written and directed by James Cameron, but, got severely criticized for being a mere rehash of the best elements of the original films, and having confused the franchise with creatively dull and inexplicable plot lines.

“I start to see things I recognize,” said Cameron. “It’s being very respectful of the first two films. Then all of the sudden, it just swerves. And now I’m going on a journey. I feel like the franchise has been reinvigorated like this is a renaissance.”