Titanic (1997) – Encore Review 7

“[running with Jack and Fabrizio to find a lifeboat] Music to drown by. Now I know I’m in first class.” – Tommy Ryan

Number of Times Seen – Way too many times to count (Theater, video, DVD, 7 Jul 2013, 6 Sep 2015, 24 Feb 2016, 27 Feb 2017 and 12 Nov 2017, 3 Sep 2018 and 27 Jan 2019 and 30 Jul 2019)

Link to original reviewHere, Here, Here, Here, Here, Here and Here

Brief Synopsis – On the ill fated maiden voyage of the Titanic, a pauper meets a aristocratic girl which changes both of their lives forever.

My Take on it – This is a film that I feel in love with the first time I sa wit in the thater nearly 22 years ago.

It’s a timeless love story that is able to work on so many levels and draw the viewer in so deeply that they become immersed in the story so well that the 3+ hour run time moves along so fluidly.

The two stars of this movie; Leonardo Dicaprio and Kate Winslet help make it so powerful due to their amazing chemistry together.

Each of their characters are developed quite well over the course of the film and that does wonders in helping making us believe that they are truly in love even after such a short period of time.

The 3 hour run time of the film helps facilitate this feeling of love and the bond between them because we get to experience along with them the budding sparks of their relationship that flourish as the story moves along.

James Cameron proves his abilities as a director with this film as he is able to recreate so many aspects of this voyage even to minute details which helps make it feel even more realistic as things move along.

These details help transport us to a place where we can feel as if we are right there with these characters on this tragic voyage as it plays out.

This is not the first version of the events of this voyage and having seen other versions of it recently, I was surprised to see how well situations, events and even dialogue from the other films are integrated into this movie which helps allow for a kind of continuity between the different versions.

The music of this film is incredible and James Horner was quite deserving of his two Oscars for his work here on the original score and Original Song – My Heart Will Go On since they enhance the feelings that the viewer experiences while watching this story unfold.

The film utilizes special effects superbly in order to help enhance the story that is told in such an engaging and powerful way.

Bottom Line – Amazingly told love story that works on so many levels. The chemistry between DiCaprio and Winslet is sizzling and it’s so easy to believe that these two characters are able to fall in love so deeply in such a short period of time. The daunting 3 hour run time helps facilitate this feeling since it allows for the characters to be properly developed and for their love to flourish as they experience these events together.  Cameron does a superb job directing this film and is able to recreate so much of the voyage up to minute details that help transport us to a place where we feel as if we are part of the group of passengers in this tragic voyage.  Having seen numerous versions of the events of the Titanic, it’s easy to now see how Cameron incorporated events and dialogue from previous versions in order to allow for there to remain a kind of continuity between the different stories. The music is unbelievable and James Honer was quite deserving of his Oscar wins for Best Score and Best Original Song since they are so integral to the feelings one experiences while watching this story unfold.  The special effects are superbly integrated into the story and help enhance the way that this story is told in such a powerful way.  Highly Highly Recommended!

MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – The scene in which Rose meets Jack to thank him for saving her life was improvised by the two actors at James Cameron’s request, and the spitting scene was almost all ad-lib. Cameron also credits Kate Winslet with writing the heart-wrenching “This is where we first met” line during the final sinking, as well as suggesting Rose spit in Cal’s face rather than (as scripted) jab him with a hairpin. According to Zane they had to do so many retakes, he sort of went numb being spit in the face and Winslet started using lube because her saliva ran out. (From IMDB)

Rating – Oscar Worthy (10/10) (no change from original review)


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