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Titanic (1997)

US 194m, Colour
Director: James Cameron; Cast: Leonardo DiCaprio, Kate Winslet, Billy Zane, Frances Fisher, Gloria Stuart, Bill Paxton, Kathy Bates, Danny Nucci, Bernard Hill, Victor Garber, Eric Braeden

Arguably the greatest disaster movie of all time, James Cameron’s Titanic is an epic melodramatic love story, which unfortunately has everything but a cyborg from the future sent back in time which could have stopped the recording of Celine Dion’s awful performance of “My Heart Will Go On”. Despite the lack of robots and the syrupy theme, Titanic is full of strong performances and surprisingly entertaining (despite knowing that the ship is actually going to sink). While an alien abduction subplot could have spiced things up a bit, the fictional elements of the screenplay are undoubtedly entrenched as popular culture fact for many who adore the characters of Jack and Rose and their ill-fated love story (Klaus Ming March 2012).

7 comments on “Titanic (1997)

  1. SJHoneywell

    Yep yep. This is a better movie than its reputation. Any time something gets so ridiculously popular, there’s a backlash, and the backlash against this film is really unfair.

    • Klaus

      Hugely popular movies like this, Star Wars, etc., are ridiculously difficult to say something about after all that has been said and written.

      Anyone looking forward to seeing it in 3D?

      • Anthony Lee Collins

        I had the same problem when I was doing my Orson Welles reviews. I had to write about Citizen Kane for the sake of completeness, but what can I really add to the analysis of that film?

  2. Anthony Lee Collins

    I had to work in an office where I had no say about the radio, and the station we were stuck listening to played the same song sequences every day. So, every day, I got to listen to that song, the version with the diilogue from the movie. Twice every day. Still, I really should see the movie. But DVD will do.

    (I just read an interview with Kate Winslet, and she hates the song, too.)

    • Klaus

      Good to hear that Kate Winslet doesn’t like the song either!

  3. Janet Davis

    Well, I’m a period romance lover, but this one was pathetic. Kate and Leo, although fantastic actors, did not make convincing lovers- she’s all woman, he still looked like a little boy.

    The lighting and colour made everything look like a prop on a stage. The BBC should have made the film instead of Mr. Cameron perhaps.

    I saw it in theatre with a crying audience, but I nearly hurt myself with all the eye rolling.

    I give this film a big juicy raspberry.

    • Klaus

      hee, hee…I had a similar theater experience. Thanks for sharing your thoughts and near eye injury experience! 🙂

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