He doesn’t really come out and say it, but it might be safe to say that James Cameron did not like Star Wars: The Force Awakens. The mind behind the twenty Avatar sequels we are about to get within the next few years shared his thoughts on J.J. Abrams entry into the Star Wars franchise with reporter Hannah Litchfield. The gist of it all is that Cameron has more loyalty to his friend George Lucas than he does to the series he gave birth too. Or he has more loyalty to the films his friend had a hand in as opposed to the version we just saw:
“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.”
Now the troubling aspect of this opinion is that Cameron includes the prequels in his quote. He’s entitled to his opinion and to like the prequels, but it does make his opinion suspect. Not to mention what he said about Terminator: Genisys. The good part here is that he held off from giving a definitive opinion on The Force Awakens until all of the films in the new trilogy are released.
Maybe we should do the same for all the Avatar films, holding judgment until they’re all released. That would likely ensure a lot of wills include an Avatar clause in them, with pages of opinions written out for generations to follow.
(Via Indiewire / Slash Film)