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“No, there wouldn’t be, would there? And I’ve never spoken of him until now… Not to anyone… Not even your grandfather… A woman’s heart is a deep ocean of secrets. But now you know there was a man named Jack Dawson and that he saved me… in every way that a person can be saved. I don’t even have a picture of him. He exists now… only in my memory. ” – Old Rose
Number of Times Seen – Far too many to count (Theater in Dec 1997, video, DVD, 7 Jul 2013, 6 Sep 2015, 24 Feb 2016, 27 Feb 2017, 12 Nov 2017, 3 Sep 2018, 27 Jan 2019, 30 Jul 2019 and 19 Jan 2020 and 19 Jul 2020)
Brief Synopsis – A poor boy living life to the fullest as he travels across the world falls in love with a 17 year old heiress on the maiden voyage of the Titanic.
My Take on it – This is a film that I have loved ever since I saw it for the first time in the theater 23 years ago.
I usually try and watch it at least twice a year and the three hour runtime flies by so smoothly due to the way the story plays out.
This is a film that to me is the very best romance movie ever made and is always makes me feel as if these characters are truly able to fall in love over the course of the story in a more realistic way than how most movies portray a quick love affair.
The 180 minute runtime helps because it doesn’t feel rushed at all and is paced really well.
Leonardo DiCaprio and Kate Winslet have amazing chemistry in this movie and that also adds so much to the love story aspect of things because we can care so much about them along the way.
The story is presented in an epic way and using a real event as a backdrop for this story works so well because they integrate things together in ways that one couldn’t even imagine.
The story is paced really well and things are constantly in motion which helps the 3 hour run tie to literally flow right by in such a powerful and enjoyable way.
They are able to mix together romance, action, suspense and intrigue all together which helps enhance this story even more and raise the stakes of what will happen.
The special effects are so essential to making things feel even more realistic and we get the impression over and over that we are truly watching the maiden voyage of this doomed ship.
The music by James Horner along with the theme song sung by Celine Dion are superb and help make things feel so much more epic.
This film was absolutely deserving of its 11 Oscar wins (of 14 nominations) and it was able to tie the all time record set nearly 40 years earlier by Ben-Hur (1959).
The fact that only one other film has been able to reach that mark in the past 23 years [The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King (2003 ] also says so much about that feat and now three films are all tied for a record which might never be reached again due to the way that the Oscars have been going over the past decade.
This is truly one of the best films ever made due to the way that it is nearly perfect in so many aspects which allows it to be so well rounded.
Can’t wait to see this again!!!
Bottom Line – Amazing love story that works so well. DiCaprio and Winslet have superb chemistry in this film and it comes across as being quite believable. The fact that the film gives them so much time to actually fall in love helps make thing seem so genuine and real. The film’s story is quite epic and manages to stay so enjoyable due to the way that the story flows so smoothly for over three hours. The story has a great mix of romance, action, intrigue and suspense that things are so emotional and poignant throughout. The special effects enhance the story to a level where it all feels as if we are watching this ships real maiden voyage. This film was truly deserving of its 11 Oscars (of 14) and tied the record for the most wins by a film that still stands today 23 years later. One of the best films ever made because of the way that it is nearly perfect is so many aspects. Highly Highly Recommended!
MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – In the scene where the water comes crashing into the Grand Staircase room, the film makers had only one shot at it because the entire set and furnishings were going to be destroyed in the shot. (From IMDB)
Rating – Oscar Worthy (10/10) (no change from original review)
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