James Cameron: The Force Awakens lacked visual imagination

James Cameron, director of The Terminator and Titanic, has given his verdict on the Star Wars franchise.

Commenting on 2015’s The Force Awakens, the 61 year old director was very complimentary of the original 6 episodes by George Lucas before admitting the latest lacked the same visual imagination:

“Well, George Lucas is a friend of mine,” he prefaced. “I don’t want to say too much about the film because I also have a lot of respect for J.J. Abrams and I want to see where they’re taking it next.”

“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,” Cameron said. “So for me the jury’s out.”

Cameron then went on to admit the original 1977 Star Wars had an influence on his own career: “It was fun, it was exciting… It was a big revolution and I wanted to be in on it.”

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