Reviewer: Charity Bishop
As the small craft sinks through the watery darkness, the
lights illuminate a bow crusted with barnacles. Then it
travels along the expanse of twisted steel that once made up
the sleek lines of the most luxurious ocean liner ever to
set sail. This is the beginning of Titanic, the film
that won over critics worldwide and became the largest
box-office success of all time. It's the tragic story of ill-fated lovers separated by class
and distinction, of revenge, of tragedy, a ploy of emotions
and disaster that will have you in tears as the ship finally
breaks and the sea is filled with a swarm of screaming
The lights come from the small craft of treasure hunters
searching for a long-lost blue diamond. Instead what they
find is a waterlogged sketch dating to April 14th, 1912...
the day Titanic saw its last stretch of daylight. The
girl stretched nude on the divan is wearing the Heart of
the Ocean. The find is televised and an old woman comes
forth claiming to be the girl in the picture. Rose can
remember the details of the greatest shipwreck in history as
if it were yesterday. Through her eyes we enter the world of
splendor and pretense.
aristocratic young woman whose father has just died and left
both her and his wife destitute, Rose (Kate Winslet) has
unhappily accepted the proposal of wealthy American tycoon
Cal Hockley (Billy Zane). After a successful tour of Europe
they are returning to New York on Titanic, the
greatest ship in the world.
Aspiring artist Jack Dawson (Leonardo DiCaprio) wins a steerage
passage with a lucky hand of poker on the day of the
sailing. Barely making the ship, he rapidly is befriended by
fellow passengers... but is the most interested in a beautiful
redhead in First Class. Their fates are entwined, but as the ship sails
toward its doom, they learn
there is more to fear than icy water.
This film has gorgeous costuming, breathtaking scenery,
and incredible underwater photography, but isn't without faults. The storyline
is clichéd and classes are stereotyped. Rich white
males are all boorish, overbearing, dishonest, selfish, and
greedy. Steerage passengers are understanding, kind,
unbiased, and selfless. The hero is an artist who draws nude
women, the heroine a selfish brat. Even
so the romantic leads are empathetic and the conclusion
quite moving. Certain historical figures are painted in a good
light (such as Thomas Andrews and Molly Brown) while others (the
officers) aren't likable at all.
is an artistic masterpiece, excellently filmed, gorgeously costumed, and
brilliantly crafted. James Cameron is in his
element even though the film suffers from a script not as polished as it
might have been.
dialogue infers a woman is sexually active with a man she
isn't married to; many glimpses of topless women in
drawings; Rose poses nude for Jack (we see her bare breasts
several times for a few seconds each time); they kiss in the
back of a car, and are shown steamy and breathless after.
of profanities; half a dozen GD's, minor
abuses of deity, sh*t, and one f-word.
Hundreds fall to
their death, are crushed by the funnels, and slide down the decks to a
brutal end. We see a lifeboat find its
way through a sea of frozen corpses. A man shoots someone and then kills
Rose flips her middle finger at someone.
Several scenes include rapidly flashing lights.