"You jump, I jump, right?" (Rose)
Genres: adventure, drama, history, romance
Director: James Cameron
Writer: James Cameron
Stars: Leonardo DiCaprio, Kate Winslet, Billy Zane, Kathy Bates, Frances Fisher, Gloria Stuart, David Warner, Victor Garber, Jonathan Hyde, Suzy Amis, Bernard Hill, Bill Paxton
The recent re-release of Titanic in 3D couldn't leave me indifferent, because I'm a huge fan of this film that has been getting lots of hatred for no reason. Or maybe, the reason was its enormous box office and 11 Academy Awards. Nonetheless, the awakening of extensive antipathy is not its main merit, so even though I brought it up, I will bury this idea right here, in the beginning of my
ramblings review, because Titanic is awesome, and I don't believe
in existence of overrated films. Seriously.
The plot revolves around an ultimately classic love story: you heard it before, even if you're among those lucky people who haven't seen Titanic yet. Two young people from different social circles meet and fall in love on the board of the luxurious but doomed liner on its maiden voyage. Rose DeWitt Bukater (Winslet) craves for freedom from the opulent but heartless world of high life, while Jack Dawson (DiCaprio) is an artist, surely a penniless one, who gets on the ship by chance.
Titanic has been one of my favorites since the first time I saw it as a teenager, and when I was younger, I used to watch it hundreds of times. And it is still my favorite! Basically, I went to see it not because I wanted to experience it in 3D but because I yearned to experience it on the big screen. After so many home views, it was a celebration to finally see it in theater.
It is common knowledge that Jim Cameron is a perfectionist, who tries to re-create ideas from his mind on film as closely as possible. Almost all of his feature films are massive productions that require months if not years of hard work and passionate devotion to movies. Although he seems to be a big admirer of science fiction, he meets his other interest in Titanic: the Ocean.
Avatar (2009) may have blue aliens and the perilous charms of Pandora, but it doesn't make Titanic less colossal in its greatness, if we are to compare it with the former. The RMS Titanic was brilliantly reconstructed in settings and they used real ships for the shooting as well, so the looks of the film couldn't be better. More than that, the upper-class interior decoration is transcendent, as well as costume design: Rose's outfits are amongst my top favorite dresses in period movies.
Although the entire cast is a wholesome and well-rounded ensemble, Kate and Leo are two stars in a true sense of the word. As a kid, I thought that Winslet was perfect and I guess I wanted to be like her, when I grow up. Haha, nice memories. It's amazing to see how much the lady's career evolved in years and she is, hands down, one of the most significant actresses nowadays. And Leo, well, Leo. Jack Dawson is not his best part for sure, but without it, his filmography wouldn't have been complete. The two of them make a fantastic onscreen couple, whether it's a heartbreaking romantic tale or a heartbreaking depressive one a decade later (Revolutionary Road, 2008). There's this word that you stumble upon in various romcom reviews. Chemistry. It has been so overused that I don't know if it's relevant to describe Kate and Leo's onscreen relationship like that. Therefore, if you know a decent synonym, well… you know how to describe it correctly.
Titanic is a monumental film that was slightly hit by the iceberg of negative critiques but it withstood because of James Cameron's dedication, overall splendid production, and two amazing leads, who tell us a beautiful but harrowing story of love.
Rating: 5 stars
PS As for the quote, I just love that life boat scene.
PPS Damn, I forgot that I have to mention 3D. Well, it was pointless. In my view only. Duh. But I'm happy I went to see it.
What do you make of Titanic as a film? What do you make of Titanic as a film in 3D? Do you have a favorite scene? Share your thoughts please.