1997; Rated PG-13; 195 Minutes
Leonardo DiCaprio: Jack Dawson
Kate Winslet: Rose DeWitt Bukator
Billy Zane: Cal Hockley
Gloria Stuart: Old Rose
Kathy Bates: Molly Brown
Frances Fisher: Ruth DeWitt Bukator
Bernard Hill: Captian E. J. Smith
Jonathan Hyde: J. Bruce Ismay
Danny Nucci: Fabrizio De Rossi
David Warner: Spicer Lovejoy
Bill Paxton: Brock Lovett
Produced by Jon Landau;
Directed and Screenwritten by James Cameron
by DAVID KEYES
tragedy, death. With these three things in mind, on April
15, 1912, the Titanic, the world's most elegant, luxurious
ship, accomplished the unthinkable: it crashed into an iceberg.
In less than two hours, the Titanic's very first voyage
ended at the bottom of the Atlantic Ocean. Of the 2200 people
aboard, very few survived the disaster.
86 years later, it has come to be known as one of the greatest
tragedies of the 20th century. Yet its legacy lives on.
Now comes James Cameron's stunning new epic "Titanic," where
the disaster is relived. After all the production problems
and delays this film has experienced, it has finally arrived.
For those who expected "Titanic" to flop, think again: "Titanic"
is a gem!
plot of the film (aside from the actual disaster) is a story
of love that can never die. Kate Winslet plays the troubled
young Rose, who is about to be married to a rich loser named
Cal. Aboard the Titanic, she feels like her own prisoner,
and feels that the only way out is to jump off the ship.
before she is able to leap into the cold water below, she
is saved by a third-class boy named Jack Dawson, played
by the very-talented Leonardo DiCaprio. After saving her
life, Jack encounters Rose several times aboard the ship,
and they grow very close. Soon, it turns into romance, despite
the fact that Cal wants nothing more than to keep them apart.
Their love continues to blossom, until the night when the
Titanic hits the iceberg that puts a halt to its first voyage.
film, for the last hour, chronicles the process of the Titanic
sinking to the ocean floor below. Rose avoids several attempts
to get into a lifeboat, simply because she chooses not to
leave Jack behind. The love between them is so strong that
not even the "unsinkable" could destroy it. In fact, when
the ship finally goes down, they are still together: at
least to a certain point...
course, "Titanic" is an easily predictable film. Everyone
knows that the ship is going to plunge into the ocean and
people are going to die. But Cameron makes sure that it's
not the only thing we see. In a film like this, you obviously
have to have some good characters. We get them in the best
way possible. Both Winslet and DiCaprio are amazing young
actors. Besides them, the most notable acting comes from
Kathy Bates, who plays the part of the "unsinkable" Molly
Brown. She has always been a good actress, and this role
is one of her best yet! All of these characters are people
we get to know and care for. Whenever they laugh or cry,
you laugh and cry along with them.
is now known as the most expensive movie ever made, and
that was almost a problem. Costing nearly 250 million dollars,
"Titanic" would have to earn at least that to become known
as a box office success. Well, the movie has been open for
about two months now, and it has already surpassed that.
In fact, "Titanic" is already in on the top 10 list for
the highest-grossing films ever made, and it continues to
am not an admirer of previous Cameron films such as "Aliens"
and "Terminator 2." Yet Cameron's vision of the Titanic,
his great characters and his totally convincing special
effects lead to one obvious conclusion: he does have talent!
"Titanic" is one of those flawless, spellbinding epics that
we all know and love. As a matter of fact, it's not an overstatement
to say that "Titanic" is the best film of 1997 and probably
one of the best ever made.
1998, David Keyes, Cinemaphile.org.
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