Synopsis: A couple meet and fall in love whilst crossing the Atlantic Ocean on the fateful ship the Titanic.
Description: Jack (Leonardo DiCaprio) is a poor American who wins a voyage home in a card game, whilst aboard the ship he meets Rose (Kate Winslet) a rich but down trodden English girl whose only desire is to feel true freedom.
Review: Still one of the highest grossing films of all time James Cameron’s Titanic is an epic love story, full of special effects and tear jerking moments.
The movie’s unparalleled popularity with the female audience caused many women to go to repeat viewings of the movie when it was first released, and a huge scandal around the revelation of the tragic ending by the press and media. The film is highly emotional and very romantic and includes some rather tense and upsetting scenes, not all of which necessarily relate to the central plot line.
There is something quite old fashioned about Titanic that goes beyond it’s historical setting, the melodramatic tone of the piece is reminiscent of many of the epic romances of the post war era, which works entirely in the movie’s favour as rather than taking the ironic romantic comedy approach plays the romance entirely straight and unashamedly over-the-top. Without this the movie’s tragic ending would simply fall flat.
Unfortunately for many the shocking and heart breaking ending of the movie has been ruined by time, causing the death of one of the lover’s to become a universally known fact. For those who haven’t seen the film however this doesn’t distract from the other positives of the film which include some truly spectacular visuals which still rival more recent special effects and the tragic subplot.
The film’s biggest flaw is its length; Cameron successfully fills every minute with plot or action but that doesn’t stop the movie from being incredibly long. You won’t find yourself bored throughout the runtime but you may well find yourself grateful for the credits by the time they eventually role.Titanic,