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July 13, 2010

Director: James Cameron
Writer: James Cameron
Producers: James Cameron/Jon Landeau 
Starring: Leonardo DiCaprio/Kate Winslet/Billy Zane/Kathy Bates/Bill Paxton 
Year: 1997
Country: US
BBFC Certification: 12
Duration: 194 minutes

Titanic is quite a compelling fictional romantic tale about an impoverished, working-class man and a rich, ‘eccentric’ woman fall in love, only for their fates to end in something disastrous. James Cameron, the writer and director of this stunning love story, has really raised the bar as far as romance movies go; from the brilliantly crafted story to the amazing CGI. It was a great experience to watch the movie as we see two characters from different backgrounds and classes fall in love. The two lovers first meet on the stern of the Titanic where Rose is at the lowest point of her ‘imprisoned’ and pressured life and Jack rescues her and offers her a helping hand and shows her that there’s more to life than she thinks. It’s a beautiful yet tragic story as we take a journey with the lovers, experiencing all emotions and feeling connected to Rose and Jack and feeling how they feel. The ship itself looked brilliant; the exterior of the ship was rendered using Digital Alpha processors and the movie shows the amount of hard work, effort and time the crew had put into Titanic to make it as realistic as possible and they have succeeded in doing so. The dialogue in the movie is brilliant and written very well and, even though the movie is slow sometimes, it reaches an extraordinary climax when the ship begins to sink.

James Cameron portrayed a love story as well as using some true facts about Titanic such as the footage used by the treasure hunters, the exact time the Titanic sunk and the amount of survivors rescued out of the icy sea but he also manages to raise questions about other things. In the movie, Titanic was thought to be unsinkable and so a compromise was made. That compromise was about the amount of lifeboats on the ship and when the ship did sink, it was the upper class that had the main priority to get the lifeboats first. While the rich were slowly going into the icy ocean in their half-full boats, they had to hear the scared screams and cries of the innocent passengers freezing to their deaths and not one of them did a thing to help them. It raises the question: If something similar to this situation happened today, would the same thing happen? The greatest thing Cameron has done was not only the cinematography, the direction, the special effects or the hard work that had been put into making the movie but the way he took his time to tell us the story and that made it all the more magnificent. It’s told by Rose and told to the treasure hunter, who is looking for the valuable Heart of the Ocean, last seen on the Titanic, and shown to us as a flashback. The acting is great from all of the cast but the one who stands out is Billy Zane as Rose’s overbearing fiancee, Cal. Kate Winslet and Gloria Stuart were both fantastic as Rose DeWitt Bukater and Leonardo DiCaprio was great as Jack Dawson. All had made a very believable performance and all should be credited for it. The thing I love about the movie is how realistic it felt. As the experience of a sinking ship is quite slow, James Cameron does a fantastic job in exposing that as the second half of the movie is based on the Titanic sinking. I feel that it is the most fantastic part of the movie as well as the narration by Gloria Stuart, who plays Rose at 101 years of age and takes Jack’s last name, Dawson in memory.

By now, this review sounds like Titanic has no flaws and that it’s the perfect movie however there is one problem and it’s quite a long one; the runtime. I don’t mind movies that has a runtime of over three hours but there are a few scenes that could have been cut a little shorter such as the dinner party and the lower-class party scenes, they were a little too long and could have easily have been cut short.

Titanic isn’t just something to be watched but something to be believed in and appreciated. The amount of hours the cast and crew had put in to make this movie is extraordinary and it makes me appreciate how much effort they went through to make a movie this great. This isn’t only one of the most expensive and successful movies ever made in film history, but it is also one of the greatest.


4 Comments leave one →
  1. July 16, 2010 6:19 am

    Gloria Stuart just turned 100 ! I was going to watch “Titanic” to celebrate, but opted to view 1933’s (much shorter) “The Invisible Man” instead…


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