101-year-old Rose DeWitt Bukater tells her grandchildren the story of her ill-fated romance with penniless artist, Jack Dawson. Whom she met on the maiden voyage of the similarly fated ship, the Titanic.
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Titanic is blatant in trying to position itself in a grand tradition of big cinema. Cameron’s showmanship often wields tremendous visual acuity, right from the stunning opening shot of submersibles sinking through the endlessly black sea, describing documentary detail and yet immediately introducing a note of eerie, numinous adventure, penetrating the sunken graveyard of memory and eras past.
For all the hokeyness, Titanic kept me absorbed all 194 minutes both times I saw it. It’s nervy as well as limited for writer-director-coproducer James Cameron to reduce a historical event of this weight to a single invented love story, however touching, and then to invest that love story with plot details that range from unlikely to downright stupid. But one clear advantage of paring away the subplots that clog up disaster movies is that it allows one to achieve a certain elemental purity.
I know that in the last years it has become a trend for all the cool kids to dislike "Titanic". I don't care. I think this one of the greatest masterpieces Hollywood has ever produced, and within a couple more decades it will be universally acclaimed just like "Gone with the Wind", "Casablanca" and other romantic epics. So everyone take a chill pill and go listen to some Celine Dion!
Essentially a three-hundred million dollar b-movie that's a lot of fun (still) if you're a sucker for melodrama and lengthy, star-lit shipwreck sequences. The dialogue is terrible at best, and some of the acting is highly questionable, but the sheer size of the production is still as awe-inspiring as ever. The shipwreck sequence is just as astounding now as it was in 1997, and the 3D was well-utilized.
Film buffs seem to automatically assume this is overrated garbage, but I don't care...I enjoy the hell out of it. Perhaps it is because of the cultural significance this film had while I was in my teens, but I don't really care. I make no apologies for being a fan of this one.
I rewatched this from a grown filmmaker's perspective and gotta say, Cameron's attention to detail on the overall design of the ship, how he reveals its destruction step-by-step and breaks it down set-by-set, and how those setpieces are introduced with the 1st Class/Steerage subplot are a very canny and clever way of showcasing the event from as many angles and perspectives as possible. Also: iconic.--PolarisDiB
Is the film ridiculous? Oh, no doubt. My personal favorite characters, Cal and Lovejoy, are the most one-dimensionally pure evil "people" can possibly get. But are they, and the film, awesome? Absolutely.
James Cameron's epic masterpiece has lost none of its luster in the 15 years since its release. The 3D conversion is the best post-conversion I have seen, and it is clear that Cameron adhered to his usual painstaking attention to detail. Our generation's GONE WITH THE WIND, TITANIC is a timeless tale of lost love in the face of technological failure. A perfect film.