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Reads like an overlong magazine article,
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This review is from: The Futurist: The Life and Films of James Cameron (Hardcover)
Rebecca Keegan is a Hollywood based contributor to Time magazine, as the dust jacket of the book explains. And from the first page that's very apparent.
This book is not badly written. Well paced with simplistic language it makes for a fast and easy read. It reads, in fact, like an overlong magazine article.
What I disliked was the content, specifically the lack thereof. It has the same amount of information of an exploded Wikipedia entry on the man. After reading all 274 pages of the book, back to front, there is nothing beyond a very short biography, surface deep overviews of each of his movies and snippets detailing James Cameron's undersea explorations.
Every one of James Cameron's movies has enough behind the scenes drama and technical difficulties to fill a books worth of material on each film, so it's extremely disappointing to see only one or two problems from each movie - well known situations that are listed first after a quick Google search. And none of these situations are explored in any depth - Keegan simply explains the problem and how Cameron's innate genius solved them all, usually in the space of a 100 words.
This book is lacking any depth and utterly fails to really get behind any of the difficulties Cameron regularly experiences with his films and the people that work on and fund them. This is a bare bones book which even worse almost comes off as a pure propaganda piece about James Cameron. The opportunities to call him a genius, revolutionary character are never missed and shoehorned in wherever Keegan can find. The whole read you can't help but feel the presence of Cameron over Keegan's shoulder. Cameron is an infamous man when it comes to control and domination of the people around him. Instead of fighting against that and writing an interesting piece detailing the setbacks and failures of Cameron and his measures to cope with or make successes out of them Keegan writes a cowardly, superficial work that goes above and beyond to avoid any controversy. These are the words of a fearful fan girl.
If you're looking for a basic, grade school level explanation of who James Cameron is and what films he has, as of 2011, done then this book may satisfy. However if you're actually looking for anything beyond the simple concepts and few anecdotes offered up then I would suggest looking elsewhere. Only snatch up this book if you can find it for a fifth of the price.