Every once in a while the conversation will turn to “favorite movies.” I’ll mention Titanic, and at least a couple people will snicker. I pay them no mind because I know that five years ago, these same people were moved to tears by that very movie. And they’re too embarrassed now to admit it. I just watched Titanic for the first time in a long time. Expecting to simply enjoy the story again, I was surprised to find that the movie has lost none of its power over these five years. I cried again in all the same places. At first, I avoided watching this film for the longest time. Long before it was even released I had dismissed it as an over-hyped, over-blown, overly romanticized piece of Hollywood, and I wanted nothing to do with it. I never watched it in the theatre. I shook my head in disbelief at the 11 Academy Awards – even though I had never seen it. My friend, Ashley spoke about this movie. “It was so great,” she said. “You really felt like you were on the ship.” “Nonsense,” I thought. I shared my feelings with my friends. One looked at me and said, “you might be right, but if she liked the movie that much maybe she’ll want to learn more about the real Titanic.” The movie must have done something right to get her so interested.” “Well, maybe,” I thought. Then it finally appeared on Pay Per View TV. “OK,” I thought, “I’ll give it a look see.” I didn’t want to like it – and I didn’t. I loved it! What a great movie.
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The Royal Mail Ship Titanic was the last grand dream of the Gilded Age. It was designed to be the greatest achievement of an era of prosperity, confidence and propriety. Radio had been invented in 1901. The Wright Brothers’ first successful flight was in 1903. The old presumptions about class, morals, and gender-roles were about to be broken. If the concept of Titanic was the climax of the age, then perhaps it’s sinking was the curtain that marked the age of new drama. Although no one knew it, the world was about to change drastically. The movie presents this time period exceptionally good.
The director, James Cameron does a superb job of creating an almost “you are there” type of atmosphere. The joviality of life aboard the most elegant ship in the world and the nonchalance as news of the iceberg first spreads. Then progressing into the rising sense of panic. One doesn’t just watch it, but one really feels it. Then – the performances. The lead performances from Kate Winslet (as Rose) and Leonardo DiCaprio (as Jack) are excellent – but both were first-rate. They had their rich girl/poor boy characters perfectly. In my opinion, stealing the show was Frances Fisher as Rose’s mother. She was perfect as the snobby aristocrat, and one could sense the fear and loathing she felt every time she looked at Jack. I’m not an expert on the sinking of the Titanic, but I have a reasonable general knowledge, and this film does a super job of recreating the historical details accurately and then weaving them seamlessly around the fictional romance, which was exceedingly impressive.
The music, which has also been a victim of the film’s success, was a key ingredient. James Horner’s score was simply perfect. And the love theme was beautiful and tragic. Who can watch this movie and not be taken with Celine Dion’s performance of “My heart Goes On.” The song is perfect for the movie and recreates the magical romance displayed in the movie.
James Cameron managed what many believed was impossible by recreating a completely believable Titanic. The sinking scenes were horrific, just as they were that night. How anyone can say the effects were bad is beyond disbelief. I was utterly transfixed. The special effects, while not as flawless as some would have one believe, are extremely impressive. This is even true when one consider how many involve water effects, which are notoriously difficult, they become expensive when done full scale.
Kevin Smith Kevin Smith is a prime example of the kind of person in my industry that I aspire to be like. His humor is intelligent, but he walks the fine line between funny and outright offensive. I admire him for his ability to tell a story using people, instead of effects and a huge budget. Kevin's first movie, Clerks, had a budget of around $27, 000 (Kevin Smith). The entire film was black and ...
Cameron has the advantage of making his film after the rediscovery of the ship’s wreckage. This has opened up a great deal of new information, which happily points to a sequence of events considerably more visually exciting than the old image of the ship sinking intact under the waves. And Cameron is ingenious at working his characters into the right places to witness all the best action. The imagery here is stunning, from the creepy bits as icy water chases rats through the hull to the show stopping final scenes as the stern sinks underwater. Cameron delivers all the highpoints like the skilled craftsman he is; the flawless framing, editing, and choreography of action should be taken up as an example within the industry. These scenes get about an hour devoted to them, which is about the time the ship took to sink, but Cameron isn’t after some “High Noon”-style exercise in real time editing. He’s showing off his mastery of the medium, his gorgeous production design, and his astonishing visual effects. On this level the film is an enormous achievement, and I came out of the cinema more excited than I have for quite a while.
Well, essentially we have a familiar, hackneyed class conflict romance such as we have seen hundreds of times elsewhere, told with less flair than usual. Cameron doesn’t add any surprising notes to the clichéd story, and his representation of class oppression is very schematic. The romance was perhaps too contrived, in the sense that I just don’t accept that Jack could have moved so effortlessly from steerage to first class. He was invited the first time; but he seems to keep getting into first class without being stopped. A minor quibble, though.
This is truly an excellent movie. I only regret it not seeing it in the theatre, where I think it would have been so much more impressive. The beauty of Cameron’s work was that he could create serviceable, yet affecting, emotional subplots and integrate them fully into the thrust of an action narrative. No movie is perfect and this one has a few faults. Some of the dialogue falls flat, and some of the plot surrounding the two lovers comes together a little too neatly. However, none of this is so distracting that it ruins the film.
Supporters of the use of cellphones in class say that the phones can be used as an educational learning tool in some lessons, but only when the teacher specifically asks for the use of it. Almost all modern smart phones have Internet access and the students are usually able to download some very useful learning applications, for example a graphing calculator app for math or an online dictionary ...