Roger Corman He is one of the most legendary filmmakers in Hollywood. At 96 years old, he has been trying to get a new version of ‘Little Shop of Horrors’ off the ground for some time. In addition, he does not lose sight of the news and has now launched a curious advice to Marvel: imitate James Cameron.
The director of ‘The pendulum of death’ has acknowledged in an interview with Paste in which he has acknowledged that initially he did not have a very enthusiastic response to the Marvel Cinematic Universe, partly because years ago he was able to make a movie with one of his superheroes but the thing finally came to nothing. Now he has stated that they are good movies but that they have a major problem:
I think they’re actually very well done, and the special effects are just phenomenal. I think they are good movies. But if I have a problem with them, it’s that… James Cameron, who started with me, when you see a big budget effects movie by Jim, you always recognize that the story comes first, and the special effects are just there to help to the history. Whereas with Marvel, sometimes it feels like the special effects are the stars, and the story frankly can be a filler between the special effects. It could be better if they followed Jim’s example and worked more on his stories.
I’m sure many will agree that Marvel sometimes makes the mistake of relying too much on the spectacle that special effects bring, but I get that some will be surprised that I put Cameron as an example on the contrary. Especially because of those accusations made towards ‘Avatar’ of plagiarism from other titles such as ‘Pocahontas’ or ‘Dances with Wolves’, something on which the filmmaker himself spoke at the time. We’ll see if the same thing happens with ‘Avatar: The sense of water’.
That said, I yes i think usually, Cameron cares much more about the balance between history and visual effects. There is nothing more to remember than titles like ‘Terminator 2: The Last Judgment’, ‘True Lies’ or ‘Titanic’.