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Titanic (1997)

Sometimes love must triumph over disaster.

Directed by:

James Cameron

Rating: 8/10

Running Time: 189 minutes

UK Certificate: 12

On DVD

Country: United States

Brock Lovett (Bill Paxton) is a somewhat ruthless treasure hunter searching for profit under the sea in the debris of the wrecked liner Titanic. In particular, he is searching for a necklace featuring an historic blue diamond that is rumoured to have sunk with the ship. He believes he is on the right track when his crew retrieves a safe in which he finds a sketch of a beautiful woman wearing the diamond. The drawing is shown on a TV news programme, and an old lady called Rose Dawson Calvert (Gloria Stewart) comes forward claiming that she is the woman in the drawing. When questioned by the treasure hunters, she tells them her story.

When she joined the Titanic for her maiden voyage Rose DeWitt Bukater (Kate Winslet), as she was known then, was 17 years old. Her mother (Frances Fisher) had good breeding but little money, so she was taking Rose to America to marry rich Cal Hockley (Billy Zane) – a match that Rose would rather have avoided. Attempting to commit suicide, she was saved by Jack Dawson (Leonardo DiCaprio), a raffish and charming third-class passenger. Jack and Rose started to spend time together, ultimately falling in love, in spite of the disapproval of both her mother and Hockley. Hockley would have done anything to prevent Jack seeing Rose, and falsely accused him of theft. However, the historic events that followed were to change everything.

Cameron's "Titanic" is justly recognised as something of a masterpiece. The film cost a phenomenal amount to make, and most of that spending is visible on screen. Everything about it looks sumptuous, and the effects that go into the sinking of the ship are grippingly realistic. The romantic thread is appealing enough, but its greater purpose is to make the effect of the tragedy more personal. Kate Winslet and Leonardo DiCaprio make a fine job of playing the young couple, although the romance is occasionally rather overdone and DiCaprio does struggle at times to give his character as written any real depth. Although the film is a personal romance set amidst a greater disaster story, it is also the story of Rose's life and the effect her experiences have had on her – and it largely succeeds on all counts.

It's Got: 11 Oscars and a big ship sinking.

It Needs: More depth to the character of Jack.

DVD Extras Very disappointing that there is no Special Edition with behind-the-scenes extras. Extras: Theatrical trailer. DVD Extras Rating: 1/10

Alternatives:

A Night to Remember, Pearl Harbour, The English Patient.

Summary

James Cameron’s masterwork appeals to audiences of all ages, genders and tastes – however, some people may find the romance too sickly and contrived.

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35 Comments

  1. Kyla
    Posted September 24, 2009 at 5:25 pm | Permalink

    I love this movie. I agree that Jack does need more depth into his character. I think this movie was rather breath taking and it made me actually cry when jack lost his life in this movie. I would’ve actually liked to see more about the relationship rose had with her former man.

  2. Posted October 25, 2009 at 10:11 am | Permalink

    walang kwenta palabas

  3. Amanda Lee
    Posted November 23, 2009 at 8:52 pm | Permalink

    This movie is remarkable. I love this movie, and it’s unforgettable.

  4. Kayla
    Posted December 7, 2009 at 9:58 am | Permalink

    OMG i love Leonardo DiCaprio! JAck Dawson rox my sox dont any of youse say anything bad about him alright?

  5. Lily Alan
    Posted February 11, 2010 at 6:28 pm | Permalink

    I Found this movie bloody brilliant!

  6. Luke
    Posted February 18, 2010 at 10:18 am | Permalink

    Given everything Titanic does right, I think it should be really easy to forgive all of its so-called “flaws.”

  7. dayna kennedy
    Posted March 13, 2010 at 11:18 am | Permalink

    I think TITANIC is the best film ever loved it and i have it on dvd now i watch it every night love everyone thats in it and a love kate winslet shes realy cool xxx

  8. moldais
    Posted March 17, 2010 at 3:41 pm | Permalink

    go on kayla

  9. Wolfman
    Posted March 21, 2010 at 8:28 pm | Permalink

    This film is one of THE BEST that exists. It’s a bit over the top on romance, and Jack needed to be in a few more scenes, but this is probably one of the BEST films that exists.

    I award A+ and a 9.99 reccuring/10

  10. Posted May 6, 2010 at 8:35 am | Permalink

    i love the film so so so much

  11. Posted May 6, 2010 at 8:36 am | Permalink

    it adulicatedd amazing film to watch
    xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxiluv it

  12. Jami
    Posted May 20, 2010 at 8:45 pm | Permalink

    This movie is the best!!! I love Leo and Kate and the romance and the accuracy of everything. I’ve seen it 20 times. It’s the best movie ever!! Me and my friends are obsessed with it!!

  13. Larsinip
    Posted June 6, 2010 at 11:11 am | Permalink

    when jake and rose tok that big breath before the ship sank, i did it to, automaticly…. it just happend

  14. Posted June 14, 2010 at 10:03 am | Permalink

    Im a massive fan of Titanic its a brillant film and i do agree the young couple do over do it in some parts of the film, Jack is so hot in this film and i cried when he died too its so emotional! <3

  15. Posted June 30, 2010 at 10:47 pm | Permalink

    before the ship sank…i took a big breath too. i wanted to see how long i could have been underwater.
    i LOVE this movie! <3 <3 <3

  16. ILOVETITANIC
    Posted August 23, 2010 at 8:23 am | Permalink

    I LOVE TITANIC! BEST MOVIE IN THE WORLD!!!
    I love Leonardo dicaprio too!! where can i find him!!
    LOVE TITANIC
    LOVE IT
    LOVE IT
    SADD BUTTT
    LOVE YOU LEO

  17. Posted August 23, 2010 at 7:44 pm | Permalink

    i love the titanic and my favourite part is when jack and rose are in the elavator and rose sticks up her middle finger hahaha. rock on titanic

  18. Posted September 26, 2010 at 7:02 pm | Permalink

    i have never watched it but after all the reviews you guys have made i feel i have to watch it!!!!!!

  19. Posted September 26, 2010 at 7:03 pm | Permalink

    i have never seen it but after seeing your reviews i feel like i have to see it !!!!!!!!!!!! can i see it on you tube or some other free site can you please help me????

  20. satpal
    Posted October 11, 2010 at 1:24 pm | Permalink

    i love this movie.i have seen this movie near about 50times.ilove jeck n rose

  21. Teresa
    Posted October 18, 2010 at 9:21 am | Permalink

    I really ? it too..
    I watch it 6x since i am 3 yrs old (that was 1998) then I always sung the song MHWGO although it has a lot of wrong lyrics..
    when I was 14 (3rd highschool) I made it as my research paper and I discovered everything about it. It’s really fun and mysterious.

  22. Sunshine tang
    Posted November 3, 2010 at 4:16 am | Permalink

    I love the film so much and It taught me what is ture love.When rose and Jack all fall in the icy sea,what Jack said really touched my heartstrings and made me cry.

  23. Kaz
    Posted December 26, 2010 at 5:50 pm | Permalink

    I remember watching this with my girlfriend, forget about her crying, I was in tears as soon as the titanic theme came on. This movie will always be the best movie I have seen.
    My girlfriend thought she could get through without crying, oh how wrong was she haha

  24. shane lei
    Posted January 5, 2011 at 3:06 am | Permalink

    I never watched it but my classmates and friends told me that it is the best movie to make a critique with.

  25. Posted January 26, 2011 at 1:36 pm | Permalink

    I loved the movie Titanic. The characters were really good. this movie made me cry and i felt it in my heart. my boyfriend Kevin and I cryed together. We love this movie.

  26. mary jane evangelista
    Posted February 26, 2011 at 7:05 am | Permalink

    ang gnda nman tlga ng titanic very…..

  27. Posted March 13, 2011 at 2:53 am | Permalink

    boo ang titanic

  28. M
    Posted March 14, 2011 at 9:07 pm | Permalink

    I love your overview of the film. I must admit that I don’t love Titanic that much though but your comments are understandable. You might like to check out the other side of the argument: http://thepurpleworldblog.blogspot.com/2011/03/titanic.html

  29. Posted March 19, 2011 at 2:01 am | Permalink

    i luv dis movie so romatic but soooooo sad too. I dink leo is so hot and kate winslet is so cool and so is her character

  30. kcam
    Posted March 20, 2011 at 2:11 am | Permalink

    titteeeeeeeeeeeeeeeees!

  31. Damon
    Posted April 6, 2011 at 8:28 am | Permalink

    A great film. Titanic is most likely the greatest movie ever. Check out LONGING FOR FREEDOM. That’s Titanic’s little sibling.If you like Titanic. YOu will love LONGING.

  32. carly:)
    Posted April 6, 2011 at 6:30 pm | Permalink

    this film is amazing:)i<3it.

  33. Posted December 12, 2011 at 4:29 pm | Permalink

    i have only watched this movie like about 5-6 times and even then i cry every time jack dosnt reply to rose in the water

  34. Niamh Hippy Master 3000
    Posted February 15, 2012 at 9:21 am | Permalink

    I LOVE THIS FILM ITS ALL ABOUT DEATH AND TRUE LOVE.IF I COULD I WOULD KISS IT ALL OVER AND MARRY IT I DO I DO!

  35. ramify
    Posted April 8, 2012 at 6:14 pm | Permalink

    love means titanic what a movie the real love,true life,perfect happiness,great sorrow this all has the only one thing that is non other than the great awesome titanic all time favourite for all generation teenagers and youth bet film in the world…….
    nothing can beat you titanic

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