James Cameron Slams ‘Star Wars: The Force Awakens’ For Lacking ‘Visual Imagination’

Your move, J.J. Abrams.


Oscar-winning director James Cameron finally came clean in a recent interview about his opinion of the revived Star Wars franchise. Turns out he’s not exactly a fan of 2015’s Force Awakens.

Cameron first clarified to interviewer Hannah Litchfield that he’s friends with Star Wars creator George Lucas. Then he said he’d recently spoken with Lucas about the films and paused to be James Cameron’s version of diplomatic: “I don’t want to say too much about the film,” he said, “‘Cause I also have a lot of respect for J.J. Abrams.”

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“And,” Cameron continued, “I want to see where they’re taking it next, to see what they’re doing with it.”

That preamble out of the way, Cameron couldn’t help but express dissatisfaction with Abrams’s seventh movie when compared with the previous six by Lucas. 

“I felt that George’s group of six films had more innovative visual imagination,” Cameron told Litchfield, “and this film was more of a retrenchment to things you had seen before, and characters you had seen before.”

Cameron clearly wanted fuller portraits of newcomers Finn and Rey, saying that Force Awakens only “took a few baby steps forward with new characters.”

Cameron isn’t cynical about continuing the series, though. He did say that “the jury’s still out” on where Abrams is going with the franchise, and he is willing “to see where they go with it.”

Okay. We don’t mind saying we’re definitely with the legendary director on the last thing.