Aquaman has made a crap ton of money at the global box office — $US 1.1 billion and counting, to be exact. Not only that, but it is also the highest grossing DC movie to date, beating both The Dark Knight and The Dark Knight Rises. Looks like everybody watched this movie, including the helmer of two of the highest grossing films worldwide (Avatar, Titanic), James Cameron.
In an interview with Yahoo, the master of making films that gross a bajillion dollars shared his thoughts on the film and mind you, not all of them are positive.
“I think it’s great fun. I think it’s a movie I never could have made. Truthfully, I never could have made that film because it requires this kind of total dream-like disconnect from any sort of physics or reality.”
It exists in kind of somewhere between a Greek mythical landscape and a fairy tale landscape and people just zoom around underwater because they propel themselves mentally, I guess. But it’s cool, you buy it on its own terms.”
Cameron, who’s a deepsea diving enthusiast went on to explain why the film doesn’t resonate with him.
“I’ve spent thousands of hours underwater and I’m very literal about my underwater. It needs to look like it’s real and while I can enjoy that film [Aquaman], I don’t resonate with it because it doesn’t look real. By the way, it doesn’t actually help us with our issues of actually understanding the ocean and exploring the ocean and preserving the ocean. Although they did throw in a couple of things with whales and things like that to remind us that we are kind of using the ocean as a toilet and as a garbage dump, so I applaud the film for that. Yeah, I couldn’t have made that movie.”
James Cameron does have a point. While I’m a huge fan of Aquaman, there’s no denying that the underwater sequences, while beautiful didn’t look authentic. It’s not difficult to see why it would particularly bother James Cameron, someone who loves deepsea exploration. Not only that, say what you want about Cameron as a scriptwriter (I’m not a fan of Avatar at all), there’s no denying his craftsmanship when it comes to visual effects. Cameron has been the benchmark for VFX since the 1980s and will most likely raise the bar once again with his currently in production Avatar sequels.