The Now and Then Blogathon – (Now) – Titanic (1997) – Encore Review 4

This is my second of four entries (2 pairs) for this great Blogathon idea by Catherine of Thoughts All Sorts and Gill of Real Weegie Midget Reviews.

Tnx for letting me take part Ladies!

“Sleep soundly, young Rose, for I have built you a good ship, strong and true, she’s all the lifeboats you need.” – Thomas Andrews

Number of Times Seen – Too many times to count (Theater, video, DVD, 7 Jul 2013, 6 Sep 2015, 24 Feb 2016, 27 Feb 2017 and 12 Nov 2017)

Link to original reviewHere, Here, Here and Here

Brief Synopsis – A young man on his own in England wins a ticket on the Ocean liner Titanic and overnight, his life is changed when he meets a beautiful aristocratic girl.

My Take on it – Being a fan of the history of the sinking of the Titanic, I’m actually surprised that I never really took the time to see this film beforehand.

Last week, I listened to the 3 part podcast by Dana Buckler of How is this Movie Podcast all about the history of the Titanic and the many films made about the disaster.

You can listen to all 3 here, here and here.

I was quite excited to see this film again since it is one of my all-time favorites and always gets me emotionally whenever I watch it.

It works on so many different levels which helps give us one of the few near-perfect movies.

Director James Cameron had a true vision when he chose to make this film and it is wondrous to view no matter how many times one sees it.

The chemistry between leads Leonardo DiCaprio and Kate Winslett is breathtaking and despite their characters not knowing each other for a long time, they still seem so genuine and truly in love.

The music of the film is perfect and it helps move along the story’s pace or slowing it down whenever necessary.

The score is also quite emotional and helps make things seem even more real.

The way that the characters are developed is great and that is perhaps one of the real draws of this film.

We care so much about them and despite knowing the ship will sink, we want them both to survive this ordeal in order to live happy lives together.

The technical aspects of this film are amazingly done and it’s no wonder that this film was able to win 11 Oscars that year helping it tie the record set by Ben-Hur (1959) and then matched 7 years later by The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King (2003).

I especially took notice during this viewing of the editing and it was done so perfectly.

The scene when they are trying to avoid the iceberg is composed with so many cuts yet we feel the tension and anxiety of the characters as they try to avoid hitting the Iceberg both on and below deck.

Cameron’s attention to detail here is extraordinary and that also does wonders by making us understand the grandeur and tragedy of this story.

The 3+ hour runtime flows so well and doesn’t lag at all along the way and the music and other technical aspects help keep the pace going steady the whole way through.

Really can’t wait to see this film again!

Bottom Line – Such an amazing film that truly works on so many levels. Cameron’s vision is wondrous to watch no matter how many times I’ve seen it. The music is perfect and lets us really get emotional about all that happens.  The characters are developed extremely well and that is the major draw of this film; that we care so much about what will happen to them especially with the knowledge that the ship will sink. The technical aspects are superb and I especially took notice this time of the way certain scenes were edited so perfectly. Leo and Kate have amazing chemistry together and their love (albeit slightly rushed) feels really genuine. Cameron’s attention to detail makes us understand so well so many of the aspects of this story.  The 3+ hour runtime doesn’t lag at all and the music and technical aspects help make this film so thrilling the entire way through.  Definitely deserving of holding the record of the most Oscar wins for a film (tied with The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King (2003) and Ben-Hur (1959). Highly Highly Recommended!

MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia –  Reportedly, James Cameron spoke to and personally provided each of the extras (at least 150 of them) with names and back stories of Titanic passengers. (From IMDB)

Rating – Oscar Worthy (no change from original review)


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