Genre Grandeur – Titanic (1997) – MovieRob (Encore Review 3)

nauticalFor this month’s next review for Genre Grandeur – Nautical Films, here’s a review of Titanic (1997) by me.

Thanks again to Sean of for choosing this month’s genre.

Next month’s Genre has been chosen by Jay of Life Vs. Film (and head Shepard of the LAMB).  We will be reviewing our favorite Prison Film(s).

Please get me your submissions by the 25th of Mar by sending them to

Try to think out of the box! Great choice Jay!

Let’s see what I thought of this movie:


titanic“It’s been 84 years, and I can still smell the fresh paint. The china had never been used. The sheets had never been slept in. Titanic was called the Ship of Dreams, and it was. It *really* was… ” – Old Rose

Number of Times Seen – Too many times to count (Theater, video, DVD, 7 Jul 2013, 6 Sep 2015, 24 Feb 2016 and 27 Feb 2017)

Link to original reviewHere, Here and Here

Brief Synopsis – A 17 year old socialite traveling aboard the ill fated Titanic falls in love with a vagabond where they must stick together in order to survive the disastrous ordeal.

My Take on it – Despite not being a teenage girl when this came out (or ever since), I love this movie so very much.

The way that the story is told is done so well that it sometimes can be slightly hard to define what kind of genre this film belongs in, but it is above all, a love story for the ages.

The fact that this film takes its time developing the characters for us and more importantly, their love, helps make this movie (IMHO) one of the best love stories ever filmed.

I can’t always believe the love between characters in a movie, but for some reason, I have always easily believed the love that Leonardo DiCaprio and Kate Winslett’s characters develop over the course of this movie.

We can easily believe that they are in love and the fact that we get to observe so much of their courtship helps that become real.

This film is over 3 hours long, yet it moves gracefully through it all.

Director James Cameron was able to take his time creating the events and characters for us that it doesn’t ever feel like we need to glance at our watches wondering when it will finally end.

Cameron does an amazing job here as Director because his attention to detail on this film and his overseeing of all other aspects makes this a technical feast to watch because we never doubt the authenticity of most of it (if not all).

Under Cameron’s watchful eye, this film is a technical wonder and it really isn’t surprising that it was able to win 11 of it’s 14 Oscar nominations because it is spectacular to watch.

The music by James Horner is quite emotional and helps us understand the characters, the imminent danger and of course the everlasting love of the characters during the only voyage of this famed ship.

In addition to the two leads, the rest of the cast is great and interesting to watch and help keep us transfixed on everything that is going on throughout the 180+ minutes of this voyage.

(yes, by coincidence, I saw this the day after Bill Paxton passed away, but his memory will definitely go on because of roles like this one. – R.I.P.)

I must say, that I really can’t wait to watch this film again eventhough I just saw it!

Bottom Line – Amazing film that fits into so many genres but above all is a love story for the ages. Winslett and DiCaprio are both excellent here because they manage to make us believe their love even after such a short period of time knowing one another. Cameron does an unbelievable job as Director getting so much right here in so many aspects of the film especially with his ability to pay attention to so much of the details of the story.  It’s no wonder that this film was able to win 11 Oscars because the technical work is superbly done.  The music by James Horner is perfect because it really helps us understand the characters, the danger and of course the love shared during this ill-fated journey.  Besides the two leads, the rest of the cast is brilliant and keep us transfixed throughout the entire 3 plus hours of this film.  Highly Highly Recommended!

MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia –  The elderly couple seen hugging on the bed while water floods their room were the owners of Macy’s department store in New York, Ida and Isidor Straus, both of whom died on the Titanic. Ida was offered a seat on a lifeboat but refused so that she could stay with her husband, saying, “As we have lived together, so we shall die together.” There was a scene filmed that depicted this moment but was cut from the final version. In this film it is Rose who states “where you go, I go” but it was actually Ida who says this when refusing a lifeboat without her husband. (From IMDB)

Rating – Oscar Worthy (no change from original review)


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