It seemed like we were all on a Star Wars high when “The Force Awakens” came out. But after the high faded, the problems unmasked themselves, with many people pointing out some of the film’s flaws — a group that now includes James Cameron, who made some subtle comments regarding why he thinks the J.J. Abrams film might not fit too well into the “Star Wars” universe.
In a video interview discovered on YouTube, Cameron was asked his opinion on the seventh installment — and, never a good sign, he started off by saying, “I don’t want to say too much about the film, because I also have a lot of respect for J.J. Abrams.” Uh oh.
He elaborated: “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.”
The comment skirts an incredibly fine line, managing to call the prequels visually imaginative, but not necessarily calling them good — while also pointing out the major problems with “The Force Awakens,” but not necessarily calling it bad.
Regardless, Cameron said he wants to “see where they go with it,” so perhaps Episode 8 can give him a new hope.
Check out the full comments in the video below.