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James Cameron claims Star Wars: The Force Awakens lacked imagination

Star Wars: The Force Awakens

Story by Jack Foley

JAMES Cameron has accused JJ Abrams’ Star Wars film The Force Awakens of lacking imagination.

In an interview, the Avatar filmmaker claimed the film lacked the “innovative visual imagination” of his friend, George Lucas’s original films.

“I don’t want to say too much about the film because 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 explained.

“[But] 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.”

Star Wars: The Force Awakens took over $2bn in February this year, making it only the third film in history to break that total.

The other two films, Titanic and Avatar, were both directed by Cameron.

Cameron is not averse to commenting on franchise reboots. Last year, he actually emerged as one of the few to like the reboot of Terminator, named Terminator: Genisys, saying: “I start to see things I recognise. 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.”

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