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Starring Leonardo DiCaprio, Kate Winslet & Billy Zane
This is not an easy movie to watch. Well, the first half is not too bad. It’s the last hour and a half that takes your breath away. People in fear, drowning, freezing, panicking; not a pretty sight. But well made that’s for sure.
Modern day explorers are searching the wreck of the RMS Titanic for looking for a long lost diamond necklace. This leads them to Titanic survivor Rose Dawson Calvert (Gloria Stuart) who tells them her story.
When she was 17, Rose (Winslet) joined her fiance Cal (Zane) and her mumma on the Titanic as first class passengers. Meanwhile poor old Jack (DiCaprio) won a ticket at the last possible minute. Rose despairs at the loveless future she envisions with Cal and attempts suicide by climbing the railing and attempting to jump. Jack flies in with wit and charm and saves her.
This begins their relationship. Sneaking around the ship, dodging the butler, steaming up car windows, you know the gist. Then the iceberg hits and Jack is arrested. The ship is sinking and everyone is in disbelief. The orchestra keeps playing. The lower levels start flooding and people start dying. A cheery hour or so later and the ship is sunk. Sad, sad moments that will haunt you forever.
This is an epic movie. I know I use that term all the time but how else can I describe it? This was an unbelievable story to start with. This film taps into the emotion, the panic, the dread and the terror of this horrible part of history.
Though this is a long, long film, it is addictive, fascinating. There’s the love story to satisfy the hopeless romantics and the action and spitting to make the fellas happy. Director James Cameron did such a brilliant job. It is so realistic.
The only thing that made it a bit naff was the slightly fake special effects and the casting of DiCaprio. I know now he is quite a good actor but the whole time I was just seeing the little boy from Growing Pains.
But that’s just nitpicking. It’s not a film I could watch a lot because of the intensity but it is a classic and well deserving of the Best Picture Oscar.
And the Best Picture Oscar for 1998 goes to Shakespeare In Love. I wasn’t happy Jan! But we’ll give it a go. Check out my review next week.