"A lil cliche, a lot soppy, but it will get you every time."
Now is an appropriate time for me to admit two things to you. Firstly, I am a deeply rooted in the closet romantic (don't you dare tell a soul). Secondly there is something about that Celine Dion song that makes me cry just about everytime I hear it. I doubt anyone read past those two revelations, but for what it is worth I adored Titanic. Every single one of the five times I've seen it.I've often said to my friends that I am the ideal audience for any sad movie because I cry on cue. My emotions are triggered by the most crude and unsophisticated tricks of the film trade. Stick in a song that includes wind instruments of any kind, have the hero/ine die, kill a few other innocents and you'll have me bawling. The first time I saw Titanic it took me a little longer to find something to cry about, but by the time I was going back for seconds the opening music had me sobbing on my boyfriends shoulder. Oh, and the "flying" scene? Probably the most beautiful scene I have ever seen in a film. And yes, in case you're wondering, I am ashamed to admit that.
I'm not sure if Titanic will be remembered for it's effects, for it's romance, for it's cast or for it's filmic quality (perhaps for the records it set at the Academy Awards) but I know it will be remembered and referred to again and again in the film world.
By now I would have usually given some idea of how the story goes, but we all know it. The Titanic is built - the unsinkable ship - the Titanic sets out on its maiden voyage, the Titanic hits an iceberg, the Titanic sinks. What happens to the Titanic isn't so important in this film, because we all know that story. What is important is the lives of Cal, Rose and Jack and how they intertwine on the fated journey. Ok, well I guess most of you know how that turns out by now, too, but I'm certainly not going to spoil the show.
The effects in Titanic are pretty awesome (although those dolphins were a tad daggy). The scene where the huge hulk of a ship hits the iceberg is probably the most stunning. What stuck me (probably in the third or fourth viewing) was that in actual fact Rose and Jack caused the sinking of Titanic in the film. They run out of the carriage storage area onto deck and distract the guys that were meant to be watching for icebergs and that's when the ship hit. Hmmm. That's one to ponder.If you're a sappy romantic like me you have to see Titanic. For all the cynics out there, steer clear. The less people who see Titanic and hate it the better.
PS Hope this soppy review didn't tarnish your opinion of me as a reviewer. Hehe.