AFI #83 – Titanic

Titanic PosterTitanic

1997

Directed by James Cameron

Netflix says… Winner of 11 Oscars, James Cameron’s effects-driven blockbuster puts a human face on a tragedy of epic proportions by wedding the historical tale of the doomed ocean liner with a fictional romance between two of the ship’s ill-fated passengers. Society girl Rose Dewitt Bukater (Kate Winslet) and penniless artist Jack Dawson (Leonardo DiCaprio) struggle to survive both the sinking ship–and the wrath of Rose’s wealthy fiance (Billy Zane).

And good Lord I forgot how very long this movie was. I mean… holy crap… it’s exhausting just watching the thing. And what the heck was that old version of Rose thinking? Why would you throw that diamond into the ocean? Why didn’t you hock that thing during the Great Depression? Stupid. You know, this movie’s never really done much for me. I remember so many people making such a huge deal about it back when it was first released. I couldn’t understand it then and I don’t understand it now. It’s not that I think it’s a bad movie. I think it’s all right. I just don’t think it’s great or life-altering. And I’ve never understood the point of Kate Winslet’s nude scene. Not that I’m trying to be a prude or anything, I just don’t get what it has to do with the story. I mean, is it just an incredible show of trust on Rose’s part? Anyway, I thought that watching the whole thing again after so much time had passed, I may have gained a better appreciation for Titanic. Didn’t happen. Maybe I’ll like it better in another ten years or so. Doubtful.

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2 thoughts on “AFI #83 – Titanic

  1. I think Rose just really wanted to stick it to Cal. Doing so in a big way like that was her first really big rebellion, and knowing someone lowly like Jack saw her while a rich guy like Cal hadn’t reeeally got that job done. I do think it was unnecessary though- she totally should have just spat on Cal like Jack taught her.
    Good movie, yes. Life-altering, no. Unless it keeps someone from taking a cruise, and that same cruise winds up ill-fated and sinks. In that case, quite life-altering.

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