Sunday, March 21, 2010


If I go down in my memories, I was 10 years old and I saw Titanic in theatres with my parents when it was released. Despite the hype surrounding Titanic back in 1997, I never had a particular affection for this $200 million joint production from Paramount and 20th Century Fox. Obviously, I hadn't seen this in 13 years, but there are two things I can tell you: Titanic still looks technically impressive and above all, Kate Winslet still looks lovely as I remembered her being (and she still looks lovely these days).

Titanic is the story of a boy and a girl who fall in love. Jack Dawson (Leonardo DiCaprio) is a penniless artist travelling in steerage who is so excited to be on this adventure. Rose DeWitt Bukater (Kate Winslet) is a bourgeois girl with a pushy mother (Frances Fisher) and an antipathetic fiancé (Billy Zane). Notwithstanding their social differences, Jack and Rose come across each other by a quirk of fate and quickly fall in love.

In all fairness, the lack of dimensions in the love story between Jack and Rose slightly debases the film. As a matter of fact, director James Cameron's film is an almalgammation of recycled old ideas that show us how much our cultural mentality has barely evolved throughout history. Now, can you, dear readers, enlighten me and think of a story (films, novels or plays) in which two characters are lovey-dovey despite their social difference? However, I can tell you that this idea of forbidden love certainly reminds you of William Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet. With that said, the chemistry between DiCaprio and Winslet is so criticism-proof that you may as well overlook (to a certain extent) the flatness of the whole story itself. After all, their performance confers a touch of magic to the film and gives us memorable scenes before and after the Titanic hits the iceberg.

Moreover, although there's not much to the story, director James Cameron also manages to illustrate the panic that got hold of people at the moment when the Titanic was sinking. This directorial skills make us see how getting to the lifeboats was a hell of a sport in a manner of speaking or how some people couldn't go on the deck on time as the water made its way into the ship. In addition to that, I don't need to say how I'm still impressed by the special effects. Thirteen years after its release, Titanic looks more real than most special/visual-effects-oriented films of today.

Finally, Titanic is definitely not the best film from 1997. Seriously, there's not much to the story except the moments following the collision between the ship and an iceberg. However, one can't deny that the film is magic - despite being sad - thanks to the impeccable performance from Leonardo DiCaprio and Kate Winslet.

Rating: 3.5/5

Origin:USA (1997)
Length:194 minutes
Genre:Romantic/historical drama
Screenplay:James Cameron
Director:James Cameron
Starring:Leonardo DiCaprio and Kate Winslet

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