Movies That Everyone Should See: “Titanic”

Titanic Disaster.

Sunk After Collision With an Iceberg.

Loss of Life.

Wireless Calls for Aid.

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The White Star Liner Titanic (46,382 tons) which left Southhampton on Wednesday on her maiden voyage to New York, came into collision with an iceberg at a point about 41.45 North and 30.14 West off the North American coast at 10.23 p.m. on Sunday night (American time). The vessel was badly damaged and wireless messages were sent out for help. A number of other liners in the neighborhood hastened to her assistance, she sank yesterday morning as will be seen from the following message received as we are going to press:-

NEW YORK, April 15, 9.45 p.m.

The following despatch has been received here from Cape Race:-

“The steamer Olympic reports that the steamer Carpathia reached the Titanic’s position at daybreak, but found boats and wreckage only. She reported that the Titanic foundered. About 2.20 a.m. in lat. 41 deg__16 min., long. 30 deg, 14 min.”

The message adds:-“All the Titanic’s boats are accounted for. About 673 souls have been saved of the crew and passengers. The latter are nearly all women and children. The Leyland liner California is remaining and searching the vicinity of the disaster. The Carpathia is returning to New York with the survivors!” Reuter.

“The Times”
London, England
April 16, 1912

The RMS Titanic set sail on its maiden voyage from Southampton, England on April 10th, 1912.

The ship was constructed by the White Star Lines in order to provide weekly voyages across the Atlantic between England and America. Along with her sister ship The Olympic, and the smaller Oceanic, the three would run continuous routes back and forth, offering passengers going in either direction a weekly opportunity to set sail across the ocean. “Titanic” was the largest ship at sea at that time, and along with her “sister ships”, one of the largest vessels ever constructed. The Titanic was 882 feet 9 inches (269.06 m) long, 92 feet 6 inches (28.19 m) wide and 104 feet tall. The rudder alone weighed 100 tons.

It was considered unsinkable.

At 11:40 pm, April 14th 1912, the starboard side of the ship struck the iceberg, rupturing its hull below the waterline. Five of the ship’s eleven watertight compartments were breached, and the massive ocean-liner began taking on water. Titanic began to sink. There weren’t enough lifeboats to accommodate everyone on board, and the boats that were available were most accessible to the first class passengers. In slightly over two and a half hours, the ship, and those remaining on board, had gone under.

Approximately 1,300 people had set sail. The ship was crewed by 885.

Only 710 people survived.

1,502 people died.

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The ill-fated vessel lay undiscovered at the bottom of the ocean for 70 years. On September 1st, 1985, scientists from Woods Hole Deep Submergence Lab, Massachusetts, and the French Institute Francais de Recherche pour l’Exploitation des Mers (I.F.R.E.M.E.R.), discovered the wreck by scanning the ocean floor utilizing a remotely controlled, submersible “sled” equipped with video cameras.

Director James Cameron had always been a deep-sea buff. Shipwrecks held a strange fascination for him, and he had always considered the wreck of the Titanic to be the “Mt. Everest”. He openly admits now that his desire to make the movie was actually rooted in his desire to dive to the recently discovered wreck.

His films preceding “Titanic” were both big budget action films that were enormously successful at the box office. “Terminator 2: Judgement Day” was the most expensive movie ever made at that time ($102 million), but became the top grossing movie of 1991 with a worldwide take of $519,843,345. “True Lies”, another Schwarzenegger vehicle, cost $115 million, but similarly did enormous business at the box office, with a worldwide cume of $378,882,411. Fox pictures signed him to a five-year deal.

So when Cameron pitched “Romeo and Juliet” on the Titanic, they listened. He envisioned a “A Night to Remember” (1958) with state of the art special effects, and narrative bookends of the modern-day discovery of the wreckage. They agreed to go ahead with the project… with an initial estimated budget of around $135 million dollars; then the market standard for a big budget movie (thanks in no small part to Cameron himself).

Cameron, however, was intent on making the film with an unprecedented level of historical accuracy and authenticity.

He convinced Fox that – as opposed to model work – actually shooting footage of the Titanic wreck would be a marketable asset for the film. They could promote the film based on the fact that they went to the lengths of actually diving to the wreckage. Fox agreed, and Cameron set up the expeditions. The crew made twelve dives to obtain footage in 1995. Cameron got his wish and did, in fact dive to the wreck himself.  

But he had hardly begun to demonstrate the lengths he was willing to go to for realism in the film.

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In order to create the set of the ship, 20th Century Fox purchased 40 acres of oceanfront property south of Playas de Rosarito, Mexico. They began construction of a specialized studio, featuring a 17,000,000 gallon water tank with the ocean in view behind it, in order to build their full-scale (one-sided) replica Titanic. They constructed the ship with a lifting platform built within, in order to tilt the set during the sinking scenes. For the interior shots during the sinking sequences, an additional, enclosed, 5,000,000 gallon tank was built, so that those sets could be tilted into water.

The “miniature” of the Titanic was 45 feet (14 m) long.

Cameron put two Titanic historians on payroll in order to authenticate the historical detail in the film. He also spent six months researching the passengers who were lost in the tragedy and accounts of those who had survived. He then blended the historical personages (such as Kathy Bates’ Molly Brown and Victor Garber’s Thomas Andrews) into the story amongst the fictional characters.

The interior sets were reproduced as exactly as possible, utilizing photographs and the actual plans from the archives of the company that built the RMS Titanic in the early 1900s. The blueprints, which had been thought to have been lost, were found in their archives. The crew was able to reproduce the designs of the rooms, down to the furniture, carpeting, and decorations. Prop cutlery and crockery was created with the White Star Line crest on each piece.

Production standards on the film got out of hand, however.

At one point, they dumped 120 tons of water through a hallway to achieve a shot. The movie contains over 100 speaking parts and required more than 1,000 extras. And every part needed to be dressed in period costumes. In addition to the enormous, custom-made, water tank enclosed, tilting, historically accurate sets, Cameron was utilizing state of the art CGI and digital compositing in post production. 

All of this heightened attention to detail led to the film falling far behind schedule, and way over budget. Initially scheduled for 138 days, shooting ran 160 days… more than a month longer than anticipated. The film was initially slated for a summer release. Blockbuster season. But due to delays in post-production it needed to be moved from July to December. The $135 million budget was eclipsed, with the final cost running over $200 million. The first time in history a movie had cost so much to make. Fox had to bring in Paramount to co-finance an additional $65 million in exchange for U.S. distribution rights

This did not go unnoticed by the press. The trades took to kicking “Titanic” around like a football. Variety ran a “Titanic Watch” on a daily basis. Parallels between the historic sinking and the potential financial disaster looming for the studios involved were inevitable. It didn’t help matters that “Waterworld” was fresh on everyone’s mind. That film, released a mere year and a half earlier (1995), was a historic financial disaster. The fact that its production also revolved around ocean shoots led that budget to approach $200 million ($175). Comparisons, and predictions of “Titanic”s impending doom, abounded. Such forecasts of box office failure are certainly not always accurate, but they can cause pre-release negativity that turns into a self-fulfilling prophecy.

James Cameron was openly being derided for his hubris. The epic budget and production delays were cited as evidence of an oversized ego run amok. Rumors from the set of his ill temper and perfectionist demands added to the fire. In addition to helming a project that was far behind schedule and outrageously over budget, he was developing a reputation as an unpleasant, angry taskmaster.

The truth was, he was well aware of the risks he was taking with his career, and could feel the pressure mounting. During editing he taped a razor blade to his monitor with a note, “Use in case film sucks”. He realized that “Titanic” could very well be last movie he would ever make. Careers do not recover from flops of those proportions.

Cameron is an incredibly skilled populist, however. And here, he put together an ingenious recipe designed for mass appeal.

At the heart of the story is a romance between star-crossed lovers; a time-honored storytelling element if ever there was one. The romance is wrapped in the trappings of class warfare, the lack of women’s rights, and the burden of societal obligations. Rose is feeling claustrophobic under the pressures of her impending loveless marriage. While the two doomed lovers get together, the overwhelming opulence of the Titanic illustrates the vast economic disparity inherent in the world and Rose’s struggle with her fiance creates a feminist struggle for independence.

The attention to historical accuracy is inescapable. The vast investment that Fox made comes through onscreen in the form of detailed sets, lavish costumes, and incredible special effects.

Hanging over everything is the foreknowledge of impending doom. The audience, well aware that the ship sinks, but most likely unaware of the specific timing, is constantly expecting the disaster at any moment.

And when it comes… when the ship finally strikes ice, an unparalleled action sequence unfolds. Backed by the horror that these events actually happened, the incredibly realistic sinking sequence ensues without downplaying or softening the tragedy. For a period romance, the disaster portion of the film has more than its share of gruesome moments. People commit suicide, others are shot to death, people die as the boat breaks apart, or fall to their deaths from great heights as it sinks. And of course, hundreds upon hundreds drown or freeze to death in the waters of the ocean. It’s a brutal, unflinching rendition of events.

He had also chosen extremely wisely with his two leads. Credentialed, but nowhere near the superstars they are today, DiCaprio and Winslet were the perfect choice for the two leads. They’ve gone on, since, to create incredible careers for themselves.

Winslet had already been Oscar nominated once prior to this, (Best Supporting Actress, “Sense and Sensibility”, 1995), would be nominated here, and would earn four more nominations (to date) subsequently (“Iris”, “Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind”, “Little Children”, and “The Reader”). She would win Best Actress in 2009 for “The Reader”.

DiCaprio was also already an Academy Award nominee at the time of filming (“What’s Eating Gilbert Grape”), and has earned two nominations post-“Titanic” to date (“The Aviator” and “Blood Diamond”). He has yet to win an Oscar, but with the calibre of film he associates himself with, he’ll have many more opportunities to come.

The movie also features one of the most popular scores of all time. James Horner’s score and Celine Dion’s song “My Heart Will Go On” combined to propel sales of the “Titanic” soundtrack to 30 million copies. “My Heart Will Go On” was number one for 10 weeks, and sold 15 million copies as a single, as well.

“Titanic” experienced box office success like no film ever before, and only one film since.

It opened at number one on December 19th, 1997, to the tune of $28,638,131 for its debut weekend. It would go on to enjoy a nearly ten month-long North American theatrical run. In six out of the first ten weeks of its release, “Titanic”‘s week over week change rose from the preceding frame. “Titanic” held the top spot at the North American box office for a record 15 consecutive weeks, a record that stands to this day.  That’s just shy of four full months. It opened mid-December, 1997, and was the number one movie on the charts until the first week of April, the following year.

It finally bowed with $600,788,188 domestically and $1,242,413,080 internationally, for a total take of $1,843,201,268 worldwide. Titanic became the first movie ever to gross more than $1 billion worldwide on March 1st, 1998. Its rerelease in 3D earlier this year helped it become only the second movie ever to gross $2 billion.

It ended its theatrical run as the highest grossing movie of all time, and held the title for over ten years, until “Avatar” (another James Cameron film) eclipsed it in 2010.

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“Titanic” dominated the 1998 Academy Awards. It received a record fourteen nominations, and won eleven: Best Picture, Best Director, Best Cinematography, Best Costume Design, Best Visual Effects, Best Sound, Best Sound Effects Editing, Best Score, Best Editing, Best Original Song, and Best Art Direction. The awards it received nominations for but did not win were Best Actress (Kate Winslet), Best Supporting Actress (Gloria Stuart), and Best Makeup.

James Cameron would infamously quote the movie during his acceptance speech, saying, “I’m the king of the world!” While that did nothing to temper his reputation, it did provide him a signature moment for his illustrious career.

When AFI first released its “100 Years… 100 Movies” listing in 1998, the newly released “Titanic” was not selected. Ten years later however, on the tenth anniversary edition, it made the cut at #83.

The film experienced a great deal of backlash in the wake of its overwhelming success. In certain respects, deservedly so. It definitely is emotionally manipulative at times, there are some questionable character decisions, and Cameron’s characters can be thin, for sure. But the film remains as a shining example of historical docu-drama, and a brilliant piece of Hollywood filmmaking. It was a legendary gamble in order to make an expansive film in the grand tradition of Hollywood epic romances. It’s become a widely beloved and world-famous movie that has carved a permanent spot for itself in pop culture.

It’s definitely a “Movie That Everyone Should See”.

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57 thoughts on “Movies That Everyone Should See: “Titanic”

  1. Fine look back on this, Fogs. Like ‘Jaws’, this one had an impact on our culture. Naturally, it reached parody-level, but that shouldn’t take away from what Cameron achieved with the film. You’ve given its due, and well, in your piece.

    • Thanks, big cat.

      Yeah, it’s not my favorite movie by any stretch of the imagination. But its such a wildly popular movie that that alone makes it MTESS. I DID want to make sure I paid it the proper respect though, glad you approve of the end result! ;)

  2. Have it in my collection. Unfortunately, not on Blu-ray. It’s one of those films that has a long running time but moves so quickly that it doesn’t seem that long. What do you get when you cross the Atlantic with The Titanic? About half-way. (Rim shot).

  3. Your last paragraph sums up my personal feelings for this film to a T. I remember when it was released. Me being a teenage girl, it felt like this film was marketed directly at me. Going to the cinema with my friends, coming out with puffy eyes from crying too much and then warning another group of friends that they’ll be needing tissues. I was obsessed with this film!

    Over the years I’ve grown… cynical (is that the word?) over this film. I still think it’s an epic work of filmic history, just for the historical accuracy it keeps with its sets and costumes. The main romantic story itself isn’t anything special. But, it’s still a spectacle to watch and, yes, a film everyone should see.

    • Thankfully, I wasnt the target audience, and thus, I was immune to the hype. I remember thinking as “Titanic”-mania kept going on and on and on… “Really? This movie?”

      But I can see why. Cameron has this knack for primal, simplistic characters. No one complex, but they get the emotions across in a huge way. And he did a great job here. Plus, like you say, his obsession for detail shines through. The period piece element of this movie is insane.

      Not a movie I’ll hit on a regular basis, but I always enjoy watching it well enough :D

  4. Great write up! I definitely agree this is a movie that everyone should see, and it deserves all the nods it gets…….but in all honesty, I would rather poke my eyeballs out with a fork before I sitting through it again. ;)

  5. Really nice write-up Fogs. Although I think there’s plenty wrong with the film, it’s also an incredibly impressive piece of filmmaking. Everyone should learn about the disaster and, as such, it’s a movie that people should see as it’s arguably the best representation of what happened on film.

    However, a parody trailer I saw did put forward a good point, stating:

    “From a disaster that led to thousands of real life heartbreaking stories, comes this fake one.”

    • LOL. Cynical, but hysterical at the same time. :)

      This movie DEFINITELY has its issues. There are about a dozen points where I could stop and say “Wait… cmon…”

      But the setting and surrounding tragedy are just overwhelmingly well done, and they carry the flick for me. I’m not nuts about it, but it is an incredible movie that everyone should see.

  6. [Standard snarky internet comment] Meh. Overrated.[/Standard snarky internet comment]

    Kidding. There’s a lot of great in this film, and a lot I really hated too. It’s odd to both love parts and hate parts of the same film, but there it is. The last hour of this film is some of the finest work ever on celluloid. The First hour is pretty good. The middle hour is utter dreck. (I’m estimating on the times, I haven’t subjected myself to this film since I first saw it in the theaters way back when.)

    And then there was all the hoopla. The endless raves, the popular insistence of how great it was, how sweet, how sad, how powerful… sickening really. Enough to turn even a modicum of admiration for this flick into utter, total, soul-devouring hatred. Making it all worse was the caterwauling saccharine song which permeated the world, sucking all joy and life from it. To this day the very sound of Seline Dion makes my blood curdle and wrenches a desperate scream of agony from out my very bones!

    So is it a Movie the Everyone Should See?

    I dont hate Everyone that much.

    • Ahhhhh, backlash. Nothing like it.

      I too, want to puke everytime I hear “My Heart Will Gag On”, but I still have to acknowledge this movie is pretty solid for the most part. There’s a lot of uneccesary DRAMA on top of the already dramatic as hell situation… but it’s still a really, really good flick.

      I do admit though, Celine Dion’s tune makes me nauseous…

  7. Hi, Fogs and company:

    The generation before mine had ‘Gone with the Wind’ as their hugely budgeted, A-List romantic, dramatic film. The generation after mine has ‘Titanic’.

    Both utilize lavish sets, costumes, props and backgrounds to tell their stories very well. Though, with ‘Titanic’, there really isn’t much of a story there.

    Cameron gambled BIG on superior model work, state of the art Special Effect/CGI and a massive advertising campaign and won BIG! And for that I do give him credit.

    I’ll still stick with ‘A Night to Remember’ from 1958.

    Securing my Soapbox.
    Awaiting being flamed.
    Carry on.

    • I dont anticipate any “flames”, I mean, I know I wont be giving you any. I’m a centrist on this one. Its not as great as the uber fans and the box office success made it out to be, but the backlashers dont give it anywhere near enough credit. So… I fall in between.

      Cameron did win the big budget gamble, for sure. He also made the right choice in selecting a couple to focus in on instead of telling the story of several passengers simulatneously, like other famous disaster movies do…
      :( Ive never seen “A Night to Remeber” though.

  8. This year’s centenary produced dozens of documentaries and at least one drama. “Titanic” was a four part BBC drama written by Julian Fellowes, he of “Downton Abbey” fame. His version concentrated almost wholly on the characters and their class differences. It’s fitting that you MTESSed this before the year ran out, a tip of the hat to the old lady as it were.
    Originality is not Cameron’s strong suit. He seems to be the king of sequels and rewrites. The shots of the real Titanic lying on the ocean floor and the Gloria Stuart storyline sorta make up for lack of “newness”. I liked the film and Kate Winslet was a real heartbreaker, but This film will never make my top ten list, maybe not even top 100. But it did give me chills when the lady went down. I just hope we’re done with it now. No more films or docs, just let her rest in the deep blue sea!

    • We’re never going to be “done with docs” on this subject, it’s one of the biggest tragedies in history, there’s always gonna be specials about it, etc.

      You’re definitely right that Cameron’s strong suit isn’t originality, he definitely gets derided for being so derivative…. no doubt.

  9. This is a fine a film; a superb production quality, decent enough characters, and a historical drama on a grand scale. That being said it does get a bit sentimental but that is beside the point here or maybe even THE point; to embrace the moment. However, this movie is not one I will revisit anytime soon.

    Jack: Well, yes, ma’am, I do… I mean, I got everything I need right here with me. I got air in my lungs, a few blank sheets of paper. I mean, I love waking up in the morning not knowing what’s gonna happen or, who I’m gonna meet, where I’m gonna wind up. Just the other night I was sleeping under a bridge and now here I am on the grandest ship in the world having champagne with you fine people. I figure life’s a gift and I don’t intend on wasting it. You don’t know what hand you’re gonna get dealt next. You learn to take life as it comes at you… to make each day count.

  10. I’ll admit, I succumbed to the hype backlash fairly quickly. Got sick of hearing of the movie week after week, of that song month after month… and just the idea of watching a three hour romantic drama does not appeal. But I should probably square my shoulders and watch this one day, if only to see what the fuss is all about.

    How much cachet does James Cameron have now, though? It’s got to be quite a bit. I mean, I’ve heard of directors and actors becoming “critic-proof”, but Cameron might be one of the few to become accountant-proof, after Terminator 2, Titanic and Avatar…. I can just picture it: “Hey, Bob, Cameron’s saying he needs an extra hundred million for this film.” “Eh, sign it over, he’s good for it.”

    • I know, right? He’s a better investment than any other filmmaker in the world. How many times has he made the most expensive movie ever and its paid off? Three, I think…

      This is a good movie, just right size your expectations for it. It’s half chick flick, half disaster movie, and at times they mesh awkwardly. LOL. But now that the hype has passed, for the most part, it can be enjoyed for what it is. A big budget history piece with some great special effects.

  11. I think I enjoy “My Heart Will Go On” more since I can pay it on the bagpipes. It makes it eerier.

    You found the right balance. Titanic isn’t crap. Cameron made an impressive film, but it definitely has plenty of faults. That kinda comes with epics though. They all have their downfalls.

    I’m still always impressed by Cameron. People complain about how generic or derivative his films can be, yet he still manages to do at least a decent job making entertaining movies. The characters may be flat, but he still gets emotion from the audience. There’s something genius in how he does that.

    • I get more defensive of Avatar than this one. Yes, there was a lof of “Basic Storytelling” going on, and a lot of it was fancy trappings over classic, well used tales…

      But those trappings were CRAZY GOOD, LOL. I enjoy that one.

      Here, in the wrong company, I can get sucked into ragging on it, even though if lest to my own devices the only thing I’d really hammer on too bad would be the song.

      Bagpipes or no. ;)

    • I cant recommend that course of action… honestly, theyre both at least worth checking out. In fact I think theyre both movies everyone SHOULD see.

      This – both, actually – are two of the most popular movies of all time. I cant imagine not at least trying to see what the fuss is about.

      Theyre both excellent flicks too, I would even say Avatar is great, although its almost impossible to defend due to the derivative nature of its plot. :(

      • Thanks. I “get” the hate. People are just overblowing it.

        It’s Dances with Wolves/Ferngully in space, yada yada… so what? People dont flip out when the same basic cop/buddy movie story gets retold a zillion diffrent ways, or the “starcrossed lovers” trope gets turned over again and again…

        Its original enough in the detail and minutae to overcome the borrowed broad strokes.

        Plus, its got some KICK ASS action. :D

      • I avoided both of those for a long time (Titanic and Avatar). Then I finally saw them earlier this year… and hated Avatar, and hated everything about Titanic that didn’t involve the history. Hate’s a strong word and I don’t use it lightly. Still, everything about Avatar (and most of Titanic) felt juvenile, even in a big budget/blockbuster context.

        That said, I’m still glad I can say that I’ve seen them because there are plenty of things both of those films do well.

      • Nah, whatever, man, no worries. I understand what you’re saying. I cant agree… but I know what people are saying with them. Because… there are a lot of haters out there for both of them.

        It’s populist entertainment. Popcorn stuff. And good ones at that. People cant get enough…

        I’d normally use the phrase “Its not gonna win any Academy Awards…” but thats obviously not the case here, since Titanic won a boatload of them.

  12. Great historical background here, Fogs. I must admit that I was quite taken by this movie the first time I saw it, and I probably have seen it a few times but it’s been ages. Though some people make fun of this, one can’t deny its amazing technical achievements and the star-crossed romance, though rather sentimental, was tied quite well to the societal issues of that day. I’m impressed by how meticulous Cameron was with every single details, which is still the one to beat even today. I can’t stand that mind-numbing Celine Dion’s song but the soundtrack by Horner is indeed quite good. I still get goose-bumps whenever that score comes on and just thought of how many people perished that night.

    • Yeah, that is chilling isnt it? Thats one of the things that really impresses me about this movie… it doesn’t pussyfoot around and underplay the tragedy… people get killed in massive numbers. It really is a horrifying movie there at the end.

      Kudos to Cameron for not glossing over it.

      It was an amazing film from a technical achievements standpoint, definitely. :D

    • Can’t back you up on that one buddy. I think there’s a lot of overreaction/backlash, etc… Not saying that’s your motivation per se or anything, but it’s a really good flick.

      I think there’s a lot of people who think its the greatest thing since sliced bread, and I cant support that either… Personally I would have rather seen LA Confidential or Good Will Hunting or As Good as It Gets win the Oscar that year (but of course, I understand why they didnt)

      I think the true answer lies between… but much closer to the good end of the spectrum than the bad, buddy! :D

      • Fair enough man. I think your right, there was a backlash but I didn’t like even before that backlash came about. As a visual spectacle its something else but the dull story and stereotypical characters would have been slated had this not produced the visuals or delivered it in such a grandiose way. Nice to hear you mention the other films of that year that could/should have won the oscar. Particularly L.A. Confidential.

      • Agree with Mark totally! Thought it was an awful film…

        Looking back on it, I can appreciate all the effort that went into the special effects and historical accuracy but, at the end of the day, the love story at the centre of the film was pretty poor in my opinion.

        It just didn’t live up to all the hype.

      • I hear you. And in fact, I wonder if the “Backlash” camp now outnumbers the fans… certainly supporting the movie feels like a task nowadays.

        But I gotta respectfully disagree. I thought DiCaprio and Winslet did a good job. Yes, Cameron populates the story with a bunch of unnecassary silliness (Did she really need to fall over the rail, so he could catch her, Jim? Cmon) but all in all, its more than enough to keep my interest until the ship hits ice. ;)

      • That’s fine – we’re allowed to disagree. You’re right that there was nothing wrong with the acting – I just didn’t connect with the characters though. They just didn’t float my boat….

        (Sorry for the terrible pun. It was unintentional, but I realised and then decided to keep it anyway!)

  13. I refuses to see this movie on the grounds that I hate sad movies, I know how it ends (the ship sank, most people died), I’m not fond of love stories, and, maybe most importantly, everyone told me I HAD to see it.

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  15. I’m afraid it’s one movie I just can’t bring myself to watch! The hype and mania that surrounded it, as well as Celine Dion squealing endlessly, just turned me off right from the start… I just can’t watch it, whenever it’s on I just leave the room! This and The Sound of Music, are the only 2 movies I will flat out, refuse to watch, totally irrational I know, but there you go!

    • I’ve never watched the Sound of Music, either… but my newfound role as “Movie Guy” is going to force me to one of these days, I can feel it. LOL.

      The backlash is overrated in my opinion. I still think its a really good movie. I personally dont think either extreme is right on this one. It’s not the greatest movie ever, but neither is it the demonic film from hell that’s going to suck your soul out.

      And FYI, in the actual movie, the Celine Dion song only plays over the end credits. You just have to put up with the pan flute there a couple of times. :D

  16. I nearly stayed away from this film too. But I’m so glad it didn’t. Really is one of the best and longest and most tragic action sequences ever put on film. And the film deserved every award going. Peter Lamont’s production design is incredible. And even the 3D conversion was worthwhile!

    • The production values here ARE off the charts, there’s no doubt. Cameron spared no expense, and it shows. I didnt go to check out the 3D rerelease, but I can imagine that Cameron’s perfectionism led them to put a great product out. :D The backlash IS definitely enough to keep people away. Well, that and Celine Dion. LOL

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