James Cameron is one of the biggest film directors of our time (The Terminator, Titanic, Avatar), but he also knows how to brilliantly cast subtle shade! In a YouTube interview with reporter Hannah Litchfield, Cameron candidly reveals his thoughts on J.J. Abrams' Star Wars: The Force Awakens.

The director tries to maintain his neutrality, but it's clear that he isn't the biggest fan of the film:

“George Lucas is a friend of mine, and he and I were having a good conversation the other day about it. I don’t want to say too much about the film…I also have a lot of respect for J.J. Abrams, and I want to see where they’re taking it next and see what they're doing with it. I have to say that I felt that George’s group of six films had more innovative visual imagination. This film was more of a retrenchment to things you had seen before and characters you have seen before, and it took a few baby steps forward with new characters. So for me, the jury’s out. I want to see where they go with it.”

The interview comes at an interesting time, as Star Wars: The Force Awakens rocked the box office with a domestic earning of $936.7 million—beating Cameron's Avatar that only made $760 million stateside. But Avatar continues to hold the No. 1 spot as the highest-grossing film of all time. So the friendly competition between the two series remains very high!

Avatar 2, starring Sam Worthington, Zoe Saldana and Sigourney Weaver once again, is expected to hit theaters in Dec. 2018. Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, the next film in the franchise, will arrive this year on Dec. 16. Click here for a complete guide to the anticipated film!