So we’ve put Star Wars: The Force Awakens in the rearview, and we’re are now looking forward to Rogue One, and Episode VIII. The film made almost a billion dollars in North America, which is a pretty good indicator of success, and even though a lot of people latched on to the idea that The Force Awakens was an imitation of A New Hope, they nonetheless embraced it for bringing back the energy and excitement of the franchise even if the originality was lost. You know who respectfully disagrees though, James Cameron. Recently, Cameron took a break from eternally developing a great number of Avatar sequels to talk about someone else’s work.
While talking to reporter Hannah Litchfield, Cameron tweaked the nose of Wars fans by daring to say that The Force Awakens is not as good as we think it is on either a narrative or creative level.
Well… George Lucas is a friend of mine and George and I had a good conversation about it. I don’t want to say too much about the film as I have a lot of respect for J.J. Abrams. I want to see where they’re taking it next, see what they’re doing with it. But I gotta say I think that George’s 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. It took a few baby steps forward with new characters. But for me the jury is out, I want to see where they go with it.
You’ll recall that Lucas had some ambivalent feelings about The Force Awakens too, and made comments he said said that Disney was looking to do something “retro” with the sequel and how that was an idea he didn’t care for, not that it mattered because they weren’t looking for his ideas in the first place. Lucas eventually walked back those comments, but it would not be so unexpected that he might blow off a little steam with good friend Cameron, who himself has been accused of fishing in familiar waters with Avatar, which has been accused of ripping off everything from Pocahontas, to FernGully to Dances With Wolves. And hey, remember this time last year when Cameron said of Terminator: Genisys that “I feel like the franchise has been reinvigorated, like this is a renaissance”? Yeah.
You can watch the clip with Cameron here: