People who read my posts or have gone through it, must know by now that majority of my posts are movie reviews-be it old, new, any language, any genre. If you saw the poster of the film ‘Titanic’ and thought I am going to write a review about it, you are wrong. The reviews I write are simple ones. I mean I don’t like to complicate things. But when it comes to writing a review on films like this, I have second thoughts, doubting if my writing capabilities are enough. And let’s face it, I think we have some amazing reviews on this film already.
Then why am I writing this post?
I saw a trailer on Youtube showing that ‘Titanic’ will be released again in December, in light of its 20th anniversary. For one moment I was shocked. I mean, 20 years? Already? Then I had the feeling that I should write about this film. It’s one of my absolute favorites, just like a lot of others love it as well, and this film also holds a special place in my heart because this was the first film that I went to the movie theatre and watched. So I am just writing this, not as a review, but just some thoughts I had on this wonderful film- ‘Titanic’
Titanic is the tragic love story of Jack Dawson and Rose Dewitt Bukater. I don’t need to explain the plot or anything because lets face it-the whole universe knows.
Whenever we think about this film, for most of us, the first thing that comes to mind is this iconic scene with Jack and Rose and of course, the actors who played them- Leonardo Di Caprio and Kate Winslet. Both of them did an amazing job at these roles, with Kate as the upper class girl, who just wanted to be free, and Jack a penniless artist, who has roamed over all his life and has seen and experienced things that Rose maybe had never even thought of. The couple was a huge highlight in this film-mostly I feel they were an exemplification of “opposites attract”. Although Jack and Rose feel like two people from two different worlds, Jack helps bring out the person that Rose has always wanted to be. Be it the spitting from the ship dock, to dancing like its the last day on earth, to doing things that an upper class family would even flinch of doing. I could go on and on about how wonderful both these actors did. They were amazing.
Another role that I loved was Rose’s fiancé, Caledon Nathan “Cal” Hockley played by Billy Zane. He was the embodiment of everything that Rose never wanted to be. She had already suffered a lot under the immense stress and expectations that her mother had and Cal was of no help either. I would’nt really call Cal “evil” . I would just say that he was more obsessed about having lots of money and a pretty wife just for outward appearances. In the end, we find that he loses all his fortune. Just goes to show, there are so many more important things in life-which Cal’s shallow thinking showed.
Of course, another major highlight in the film, is obviously RMS Titanic. The fact that they were able to recreate the ship and its surroubdings, so accurately and realistically, 20 years ago still astounds me. Although there are speculations of how accurately Cameron was able to capture the ship and its sinking (after referring historical facts) , we have to admit, this was a delight for the eye. The ship was grand. It symbolised the advent of a new age. For many, it was the symbol of a new and better future.
I don’t think I need to tell anyone the amazing job that James Cameron has done in this film. From the tiniest details to the most important scenes, everything was captured perfectly. I personally feel, you cannot make this film any better than this.
A very important part in this film goes to James Horner, who did the music for this film. Be it the main theme “My Heart Will Go On” that was sung by Céline Dion or be it the background music. The music managed to capture every mood in the film. Be it happy, sad, tensed, or just pleasant. One of my favorite tracks is the song that was played when Jack and Rose were dancing in the third class quarters. Speaking of music,
I think after the main characters, these violonists were one of my favorite characters and scenes. We see people running amock, scared, worried and trying to escape but these men continue to play. Even after the rest of the musicians stop, one of them continue to play after telling the others that its been an honour to have performed with them. The soft but sad music that they played manages to make our eyes sting with tears and our heart ache. It makes us feel the pain just like how those people must have felt it as well.
And of course. The scene were the ship sinks. I think out of the most depressing things that I have seen, this is definitely one of them. It was such a shame to see such a wonderful ship sink on its maiden journey and see its wreck at the bottom of the ocean floor at the beginning of the movie. Its even more sad to know that, it actually happened. This scene was so real. Each moment ticked by with the tension in our heart racing upwards. It was ironic really, because the RMS Titanic was said to be “unsinkable”. But it ended up sinking on its maiden journey. Just goes to show that life does’nt take us how we expect it to go. I think the main thing we should try to understand is that life is so short. We should try to live it to its maximum rather than waste it on things that may seem relavent, but are not. Speaking of the sinking ship, the scenes involving Thomas Andrews , the ship’s builder , played by Victor Garber and the ship’s captain, Captain Edward John Smith played by Bernard Hill were so intense. I don’t think I can express how it was like to watch the emotions of the sinking ship’s builder and captain.
So many questions have arised after this movie released. One question that I always had was, did Jack have to stay in that freezing water? I know he wasnt able to climb the board on which Rose was, but could’nt he have found some other floating debri to support himself ? Seeing Jack float down into the water like that, tore my heart. It really did. But then I think one of the things that made Titanic so iconic was the tragedy that was involved. I think that gave the film so much more depth than a “happily ever after” ending could.
This film was a symbolism of a clash between the expectations of society on a girl who wanted to be free and about a free-spirited man who just won the tickets off a game of cards and boarded the ship not knowing about how life changing it was for the both of them. It was a story that showed us that life is so short and can pull the rug off from under our feet in a second. I think Cameron was able to capture that perfectly to make this amazing and iconic film.
Anyway, its been 20 years since ‘Titanic’ released. The things we can say about this film-good or bad are endless. Let me know what you feel, in the comments box below.
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