USA / English
"A woman's heart is a deep ocean of secrets "Fictional romantic tale of a rich girl and poor boy who meet on the ill-fated voyage of the 'unsinkable' ship.
Timeless, moving, and epic
Every once in a while the conversation will turn to "favorite movies."
I'll mention Titanic, and at least a couple people will snicker. I pay
them no mind because I know that five years ago, these same people were
moved to tears by that very movie. And they're too embarrassed now to
I just rewatched Titanic for the first time in a long time. Expecting
to simply enjoy the story again, I was surprised to find that the movie
has lost none of its power over these five years. I cried again.... in
all the same places. It brought me back to 1997 when I can remember how
a movie that no one thought would break even became the most popular
movie of all time. A movie that burst into the public consciousness
like no other movie I can recall (yes, even more than Star Wars). And
today, many people won't even admit they enjoyed it. Folks, let's get
something straight -- you don't look cool when you badmouth this film.
You look like an out of touch cynic.
No movie is perfect and this one has a few faults. Some of the dialogue
falls flat, and some of the plot surrounding the two lovers comes
together a little too neatly. However, none of this is so distracting
that it ruins the film.
Leonardo DiCaprio and Kate Winslet are wonderful. Leo is one of the
fine actors of his generation. Wait 'til you see him in Gangs of New
York before you call him nothing more than a pretty boy. Kate Winslet
was so strong in this film. The movie really was hers, and she held it
James Cameron managed what many believed was impossible by recreating a
completely believable Titanic. The sinking scenes were horrific, just
as they were that night. How anyone can say the effects were bad is
beyond me. I was utterly transfixed.
This film is one memorable scene after another. Titanic leaving port in
Southampton. Rose and Jack at the bow, "flying". "Iceberg, right
ahead!" The screws hanging unbelievably out of the ocean. The screams
of the doomed after she went down. And that ending that brought even
the burliest man in the theater to tears.
The music, which has also been a victim of the film's success, was a
key ingredient. James Horner's score was simply perfect. And the love
theme was beautiful and tragic. Too bad Celine Dion's pop song version
had to destroy this great bit of music for so many.
I confess, I am a Titanic buff. As such, I relished the opportunity to
see the ship as we never got to see it -- in all its beauty. Perhaps
watching it sink affected me more than some because I've had such an
interest in the ship all my life. However, I doubt many of those I saw
crying were Titanic buffs. I applaud Cameron for bringing this story to
the masses in a way that never demeaned the tragedy. The film was made
with such humanity.
Another reviewer said it better than I ever could: Open up your hearts
to Titanic, and you will not be disappointed.