Titanic (1997) – Encore Review 10


“All life is a game of luck.” – Col. Archibald Gracie

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, 19 Jan 2020, 19 Jul 2020 and 31 Oct 2021)

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

Brief Synopsis – A tramp wins a ticket on the Titanic and ends up falling in love with a young debutante engaged to a steel magnate where they must work together to survive the impending disaster.

My Take on it – This is a film that I try to watch once or twice a year because I love it so much.

I actually haven’t seen it in almost 16 months due to the fact that I decided to put rewatching it on hold until I finished listening to the 194 episodes of the podcast – Titanic Minute.

Catching up on so many episodes is definitely not an easy task, but the trio of hosts (Rob, Duff and Joe) made it so enjoyable to listen to.

It did take me about 9 months to listen to all of the episodes, but it was so worthwhile due to the insight into the movie, the real story, various sea monster or even other sea disasters.

The camaraderie between these hosts is so much fun to listen to throughout.

I loved hearing about the numerous cut scenes even if I usually agreed with Cameron that they probably shouldn’t have been included in the final cut (especially the oar scene).

Tnx guys for keeping me coming back for the whole show because you all did such an amazing job with it.

Listening to this show at the beginning of January was partial inspiration for me to start my own MxM show on The Great Escape and I already have my season 2 planned out for early 2022.

This is a film that I have loved ever since I first saw it in the theater 24 years ago and it has left an indelible mark on me.

The story is done in such an epic style and the music, character and setting keep it so engaging and enjoyable every time that I’ve watched it (I really have no idea how many times I’ve seen it, but if I’ve watched it 11 times in 8 years, I’ve definitely seen it close to 40 times if not more.

The chemistry between Leonardo DiCaprio and Kate Winslet is amazing here and it is so easy for me to believe that they are truly in love even though their character know each other for just a few days.

I even recall watching this when I was contemplating proposing to my wife just to make sure that I felt the same way about her as I felt about the love between these two characters.

The music by James Horner is superb and helps keep things moving along at a great pace.

James Cameron is a brilliant director, but it’s unfortunate that he has gotten ‘stuck in a rut’ with just trying to make the Avatar franchise come to fruition instead of giving us so much more of his genius like he did in The Terminator (1984), Aliens (1986), The Abyss (1989), T2: Judgement Day (1991), True Lies (1994) and this film and it’s such a shame because of the way that he was able to create so many amazing stories to entertain us all.

That being said, I am a fan of Avatar (2009), but that shouldn’t be his sole purpose IMHO.

This is a film that despite it’s 3+ hour length, I can watch it over and over and plan to continue to do so!

It is quite deserving of its 11 Oscar wins and is truly among the very best of the 93 Oscar Best Picture Winners IMHO.

Highly Highly Recommended!

MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – James Cameron went on 12 dives to the real Titanic himself, and found it an overwhelming emotional experience to actually see the sunken ship. During his first trip, he was so goal-oriented that he managed to film the shots he wanted, but as soon as he was back on the surface, he broke down in tears after finally realizing the magnitude of the historic tragedy that he had just witnessed. He ended up spending more time with the ship than its living passengers did. (From IMDB)

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

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