Titanic (1997)

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Titanic (1997)
  • Time: 194 min
  • Genre: Drama | Romance
  • Director: James Cameron
  • Cast: Leonardo DiCaprio, Kate Winslet, Billy Zane

Storyline:

84 years later, a 101-year-old woman named Rose DeWitt Bukater tells the story to her granddaughter Lizzy Calvert, Brock Lovett, Lewis Bodine, Bobby Buell and Anatoly Mikailavich on the Keldysh about her life set in April 10th 1912, on a ship called Titanic when young Rose boards the departing ship with the upper-class passengers and her mother, Ruth DeWitt Bukater, and her fiancé, Caledon Hockley. Meanwhile, a drifter and artist named Jack Dawson and his best friend Fabrizio De Rossi win third-class tickets to the ship in a game. And she explains the whole story from departure until the death of Titanic on its first and last voyage April 15th, 1912 at 2:20 in the morning.

2 reviews

  • James Cameron re-invents the epic big cast disaster films of the 70’s with grand style. To begin with as a Titanic buff since my early childhood I was astonished the first time I saw this film. The extreme accuracy and detail of the ship is extraordinary. The original shipbuilding firm Harland and Wolff participated in the construction of the sets and models used in the film. When you see this film you are seeing the Titanic as it was on sailing day.

    As for the story, both Dicaprio and Winslet provide excellent performances as Jack and Rose. Their star crossed story is deeply interwoven in the Titanic mythology that is both fact and legend. Through their experiences we are allowed to explore the Titanic in ways never presented on film. Many of the ship’s iconic locations are seen in the film and the recent Blu-ray edition brings the film into glorious high definition 1080hd format.

    Cameron’s excellent use of lighting, camera angles and visual effects allow us to feel almost there both visually and emotionally during the final phases of the film that come close in timing to the actual sinking. The film leaves us both sad and hopeful at the same time and few films provide us with such dual emotions.

    If you like love stories, this film is for you, if you have any interest in the Titanic or disaster movies then the film will appeal to those audiences as well. Most importantly it is a entertaining ride by one of the best film makers of this generation and I recommend anyone to give the film a try and judge for yourself.

  • There has never been a film, at least in the last two decades, that has captured the imagination of moviegoers around the world like Titanic. Not even Avatar (2009). Plagued by countless production delays, and a budget bursting at its seams, there was a time when people aren’t even sure if the film would make it for release.

    But it did.

    And everything else was history. Writer-director James Cameron got his coveted Oscar and proclaimed he was the king of the world, 20th Century Fox received a paycheck they would never forget, and tens of millions of viewers had a collective cinematic experience to cherish.

    Titanic is a fictionalized tale about two lovers Jack Dawson (Leonardo DiCaprio), a free-spirited young man who wins a trip onboard the unsinkable ship with a lucky hand at poker, and Rose DeWitt Bukater (Kate Winslet) an elegant lady born into a wealthy family who yearns for a different, more satisfying life. They meet and fall in love in one of the great contemporary love stories of our time, or if some would have it their way, one of the most tragic.

    Effectively split into two parts: The blossoming romance of the couple, and the ship’s sinking, Titanic takes us to emotional highs, be it moments of bliss like the scene of Jack and Rose ‘flying’ at the bow of the ship, or moments of sadness as a quartet plays ‘Nearer My God to Thee’ in the climax.

    Cameron’s technical skills in reconstructing the disaster with CG technology (of 1997) and the use of models provide an incredibly detailed look at that fateful early morning. Technically astounding, Titanic is also a lavish period film with much effort put into its art direction, and the authenticity of the sets.

    With Cameron at the helm of the painstaking process to convert Titanic into 3D, using technology he has helped to develop and refine over the years, there is every chance Titanic 3D is going to be a successful undertaking.

    And it is.

    Relive the experience again in 3D, and be impressed at how immersive the film can be. Although there is room for this post-conversion technology to improve in the near future, Cameron once again crosses another technological hurdle with aplomb.

    Titanic is an admirable piece of filmmaking, despite criticisms toward its occasionally cringe-worthy dialogue, and Cameron’s over-indulgent use of James Horner’s brilliant ‘Rose’ theme in its manipulative epilogue, as if to squeeze out as many tears from us as possible.

    Titanic may be overrated to those fatigued by its hype or from watching it one time too many, but there’s no denying its power to compel, and it remains to be one of Hollywood cinema’s great modern epics. Never close to being as intense or sinfully enjoyable as his earlier masterpieces like Aliens (1986) and Terminator 2: Judgment Day (1991), Cameron’s Titanic still reminds us that he is the master of the spectacular.

    And spectacular it is in 3D.

    Verdict: Cameron’s epic romance-tragedy gets a convincing 3D conversion that is as spectacular as the film is compelling.

    GRADE: A (9/10)

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