Titanic is the defining movie of the turn of the millennium; the “king” of the box office, as far as I’m concerned, even if other films surpass its earnings. It’s a nice reminder of what film used to be back then, when critical darlings and award-winners were also the biggest crowd-pleasers and main money-makers. Very few films that have come out after 1997 can hold a candle to the sheer visual spectacle that is Titanic. For me, it’s a film that I adore despite its flaws.
The gods of celluloid have blessed this behemoth of a film with extraordinary look, sound and feel. This is one of those cinematic events where everything (well, almost) seems to work perfectly: an outstanding cast, a beautiful, indelible score, striking cinematography and effects, old-fashioned melodrama, and a deeply involving (true) story. That doesn’t mean, and I can’t stress this enough, that James Cameron’s baby is perfect.
Titanic’s biggest flaws, the ones that’d be able to sink it (pun intended), are in its amateurish, cheesy script. Although the main actors have done far better work, especially Kate Winslet, Leonardo DiCaprio and Kathy Bates, they’re not too affected by the often poor writing. They all deliver. However, my favorite performance in the film is the one by Billy Zane (what ever happened to him?), even if his character, the smug Cal Hockley, is just short of a caricature.
The conversion to 3D doesn’t add anything new or special to the already impressive film but the reason it was done (to commemorate that fateful sinking 100 years ago) is as good as any to revisit a film that, despite a few noticeable missteps, is still one of the best examples of the magic that happens when the talents of thousands of people come together for one project.
Love your review! It seems your longer reviews (i.e. this and The Hunger Games) are by far your best, but I still like the whole short review idea. That way if it’s a film I’ve never heard of or haven’t heard too much about, I can read the entire review rather than carelessly skimming it like I do when I see a review for, say, “Bill Cunningham New York” (only heard about from your blog) that runs on for five paragraphs.
I’m glad you gave it 4.5 stars. I don’t know why, but with most movies, if they work for me at a five star quality, I often don’t notice a single flaw because of my incredible enjoyment for it. It’s like how you gave The Truman Show 4.5 stars and loved it, yet I loved it, gave it 5 stars, and notice the flaws months after I see it.
Speaking of which, I suddenly agree with your assessment that it isn’t scripted as we’ll as it should have been, dialogue-wise. For example, I picked up on DiCaprio saying “me and my dad” [sic] when he was talking about ice fishing, and it distracted me for a few moments while I wondered if it was meant to be improper English because he was poor, or if it was just an unfixed gaffe.
Wow, I just ran on for about the length of your review. 😀
Thanks for your comments and insight! 🙂 I’ve discovered that I can write more about films that I feel very strongly about (be it love or hate). That’s why some of my longest reviews are for Titanic and The Social Network (positive) or The Hangover Part II (negative).
Exactly my thoughts. Nothing to add. I like short reviews but it’s good to write longer reviews for films that deserve it. Nice job!
Thanks, Mark! I actually didn’t plan on writing a longer review. It just came out of me effortlessly. Maybe it was because I love the film so much.
I can’t wait to see this Fernando. Oh, wait… I have seen it. Please, no more! Nice review Fernando but I think you know my thoughts already. Enjoying these longer reviews though. Good on ye!
Thank you, Mark! And I’m sorry you had to endure yet another review for a movie you clearly hate. It’ll be the last one, I think, I’m kinda late to the party.
Late or not, youre still entitled to your opinion my friend. Nice poster (once again) man.
Despite thinking the movie is just “so-so”, I do regret not seeing it again on the big screen…
Thanks! It looks great on the cinema screen. I hope they keep re-releasing it every once in a while but not in 3D, it doesn’t add anything new.
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