Director James Cameron channeled his inner diplomat to carefully maneuver his way around answering questions thrown at him by reporter Hannah Litchfield. What question was so invasive that he felt the need to tiptoe around it?
"What do you think [about Star Wars: The Force Awakens]?"
If you don't know James Cameron, then shame on you, because he's kind of a big deal in film. It's not like he wrote, produced and directed The Terminator, Aliens, Titanic or Avatar — except he did, along with a million other blockbusters.
In this interview, Cameron responds with an analytical observation about the latest Star Wars film, avoiding the real question at hand. His brilliant and astute comments were as follows:
“Well, George Lucas is a friend of mine, and he and I were having a good conversation the other day about it. I don't want to say too much about the film. I also have a lot of respect for J.J. Abrams, and I want to see where they're taking it next. You know, see what they're doing with it.”
While Cameron's answer was kind of vague, it is easy to jump to conclusions and hypothesize his true feelings about the film. He made it clear he preferred Lucas's versions, hinting that he may not have been the biggest fan of The Force Awakens.
"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 an retrenchment to things you had seen before, characters you had seen before, and it took a few baby steps forward with new characters. So, for me the jury's out, I want to see where they go with it."
Cameron makes it clear that he's not being hasty to judge, as he seems to want to take in the whole visual experience so as to not compare one movie to six classics. Abrams still has a shot at redemption as far as Cameron is concerned, as the latter needs more time to process this new concept before criticizing it.
Either that, or he just hated it and is being polite. Someone will have to ask the question again after Rogue One: A Star Wars Story is released in December. After all, how many times can Cameron artfully evade the same question?
So, do you agree with James Cameron's answer?