James Cameron is waiting for the new Star Wars films to start getting good.
The director wasn’t exactly buzzing when he was asked to give his thoughts on Star Wars: The Force Awakens.
It’s fair to say that Star Wars Episode 7 was a huge success, injecting a new lease of life into the franchise and making superstars out of its leads Daisy Ridley and John Boyega.
But Cameron is in the minority that just weren’t feeling it.
He was initially reluctant to say what he made of it out of respect for its director JJ Abrams, but he confessed that he felt The Force Awakens was just retreading old ground.
In a recent interview posted on YouTube by actor Keely Stinner, Cameron said: ‘I don’t want to say too much as I have a lot of respect for JJ Abrams. But I’ve got to say that I think George Lucas’ six films had more innovative visual imagination.
‘The Force Awakens was more of a retrenchment to things you’d seen before and characters you’d seen before.’
He went on: ‘I want to see where they’re taking it next and what they’re doing with it. For me, the jury is out as I want to see where they go with it.’
Cameron isn’t the only celeb to take a sly shot at Episode 7. Samuel L Jackson, who played Jedi Mace Windu in the prequels didn’t rate the lightsaber skills of the young cast. But he added: ‘It’s done in the spirit of the Star Wars films. It’s got the same spirit. It’s adventuresome, it’s exciting in a way.’
James and Sam will be able to pass judgement on Star Wars Episode 8 when it comes out in 2017.