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James Cameron Goes To Dark Side In Knocking J.J. Abrams' 'Star Wars'

"The Force Awakens" lacks the innovative visual imagination of the originals, the "Avatar" director says.

Director James Cameron isn't afraid to play film critic.

Asked recently about "Star Wars: The Force Awakens" and its director, J.J. Abrams, Cameron said he'd discussed the film with the original director of "Star Wars," his friend George Lucas. Then Cameron launched a giant space dig.

"I have to say that I felt that George's group of six films had more innovative visual imagination," he told YouTuber Keely Stinner in a video now made private, but which several outlets picked up this week.

And the "Titanic" director had even more to say about Abrams' latest "Star Wars" effort.

"This film was more a retrenchment to things you had seen before and characters you had seen before," he said. "It took a few baby steps forward with new characters. So, for me, the jury is out. I want to see where they go with it."

Cameron mentioned earlier in the conversation that he had respect for Abrams. Hmm...

"The Force Awakens" was undeniably a box office smash, earning more than $2 billion at the box office worldwide.

Cameron, of course, has his own blockbuster franchise in "Avatar," which also raked in more than $2 billion for its 2009 original. He said he's planning sequels, but he may not get another chance to critique the directorial skills of Abrams on another "Star Wars."

Abrams is leaving the helm to Rian Johnson and Colin Trevorrow for the next installments, though he'll stay on as an executive producer.



'Star Wars: The Force Awakens'