Any time James Cameron opens his mouth it’s like blog fodder gold. He just can not tone down his thought process in any way it would seem.
During a press junket for AMC Visionaries: James Cameron’s Story Of Science Fiction, the self-important director, of course, had to say something that leaves many banging their heads on their desks. Camerson said, via Deadline, “It’s a family drama, so it’s The Godfather. Obviously a very different genre [and] a very different story but I got intrigued by that idea, so that’s really what it is. It’s a generational family saga very different than the first film.” He went on to add, “Now, it’s the same type of settings and the same sort of respect for that shock of the new that we want to show you things that not only that you haven’t seen, but you haven’t imagined.”
Here’s the thing, you don’t get to just say your films are the equivalent of what are considered two of the greatest films ever made. (We all ignore Godfather III) No, that’s for critics and the public to say. You saying it about your own work just comes off as pompous. Although, that actually seems to be Cameron’s biggest skill based on his comments about Wonder Woman this past summer.
As to what this all means, Cameron said the following about Avatar 2 and Avatar 3, “It’s a continuation of the same characters but what happens when warriors, willing to go on suicide charges and leap off cliffs on to the backs of big orange Toruks, grow up and have their own kids. Now the kids are the change makers. It’s interesting. Everyone is either a parent or they had parents at the very least. If you look at the big successful franchises now they are pretty much uninterested in it. So this could be the seeds of utter damnation and doom for the project or could be the thing that makes it stand apart and continue to be unique. Nobody knows until you make the movie and put it out.” He followed this up by saying the only sensible thing he has said in ages, “Anyone who thinks this is easy or they are just printing money over there at the Avatar studio, it doesn’t work that way.”
There is no question that I thought in his early days that Cameron was going to be a hell of a director. And then Terminator 2: Judgement Day happened and I went, “uh oh.” (Gigantic time paradox plot hole you could drive a semi through. Fight me.) With each movie since his ego has grown to the point of just making it impossible to watch his films.
There is nothing wrong with patting yourself on the back, but there is also a point where it becomes distracting. We get it, you think you’re awesome. Now focus on making the best movies you can and not trying to put Dances With Wolves and Fern Gully in a blender and making it about giant blue cat people.