James Cameron, one of if not the most respected directors in Hollywood, is at it yet again with his outspoken comments on modern superhero films as he takes a dig at James Wan’s Aquaman in a recent interview with Yahoo Entertainment.
In the Cameron’s own words, he says, “I think its great fun, I think its a movie I could have never made. Truthfully. I could have never made that film because it requires this total dreamlike disconnect from any sense of physics or reality. It exists somewhere between a Greek mythic landscape and a fairy tale landscape. And people just kind of zoom around underwater because … they propel themselves mentally? I guess? I don’t know. But it’s cool. You buy it on its own terms. But I’ve spent thousands of hours underwater. I’m very literal about my underwater. It needs to look like it’s real. And while I can enjoy that film I don’t resonate with it because it doesn’t look real.”
Well, it should be noted that opinion is subjective, everyone has his/her own nonetheless, it should equally be noted that there are aspects to his comments that are plain hypocritical. Let’s dissect some of the key points he made in this interview, shall we?
First off, he mentions that Aquaman is a movie he could have never made because it requires this total dream-like disconnect from any sense of physics or reality. Well, I happen to know a couple of films that require me to let go of the exact same thing, and they so happen to be 2009’s Avatar and 1984’s The Terminator, which as you well know, are both Cameron’s works.
Yes they are a science-fiction movies and an audience member is allowed to employ the suspension-of-belief aspect nevertheless, why would Cameron criticize Aquaman for defying the laws of physics and reality? Let me not even get into The Terminator with the time travel thing; there’s more defiance to physics in that film than there is on a helium-filled balloon.
Additionally, he slates the movie for not respecting the rules of hydrodynamics with the comment about people zooming around water because they allegedly propel themselves mentally, or so and also states that the underwater sequences do not look real. In all fairness, this comment would be valid if Aquaman was not a comic book film but the fact that it is just negates that comment.
I am an avid fan of Cameron myself; I am an aspiring film-maker and I look up to him as one of my role models. I love that he has a passion for matters underwater exploration and quite frankly I believe Titanic (my all time favourite film by the way) would have been what it turned out to be if it weren’t for his passion for it. However, I think he should take his foot off the pedal on his comments about superhero films especially when they linger on hypocrisy; just saying.