Why The Movie Titanic Is An Outstanding One?
Every one says that Titanic is a great movie! I would like you to see this movie through my perspective, please follow me through this review to see why Titanic really an out standing movie!
- Titanic - My Childhood fascination!
- Story Line.
- Star cast.
- Awards Won.
- My Opinion.
- Word of Caution.
Titanic - My Childhood fascination!
Since the time I was in my eighth grade I had a fascination to gather as much information as possible regarding the ship Titanic. This was because; we had a lesson by the name 'Loss of Titanic' in our English course curriculum.
I still remember the picture given in the text book 'The Radiant Reader' where the ship was shown sinking with lot of smoke emanating from the Chimney!
It is really difficult to say why I got attracted to this giant ship Titanic since I have gone through this lesson, either it was the skill of the author or the skill of our English teacher or/and the combination of the both !
There after with the age I have started gathering information about this ship from various sources including the Encyclopedia. Collecting the information about the Titanic and discussing about it has become a hobby for me!
I used to feel great when people used to appreciate my know-how about the Titanic. So one can understand how I must have felt to come to have known that a movie was to hit the silver screen on Titanic!
I was elated, delighted and what not, when I heard for the first time about the movie! Unfortunately I could only see this movie only once on the screen about which I still have my high regrets or repentances!
But of course like a true fan, I purchased a CD of the movie and then a DVD when the same entered the market to enjoy the movie thoroughly.
In fact the description about the hugeness and the lavishness about the giant ship made me curious as a child and I had my own imagination about the big vessel, which met with a tragic accident on her first voyage itself.
I was highly impressed with the details of the ship and the Royal history behind the Vessel. My happiness knew no bounds to see that the giant Ship shown in the movie was not only tallying my imagination but it was very much beyond my imagination!
The movie Titanic produced in 1997 in wide screen was produced by James Cameron and Jon Landau and was distributed through out the World by Paramount Pictures.
Titanic is undoubtedly said as the masterpiece by James Cameron who not only directed the epic motion picture but wrote the screen play too.
He manages to keep the audience glued to their seats. Audience forgets that they are watching a movie; they experience the every thing right from the launch of this big Vessel to its unfortunate sinking to the bottom of the Ocean!
He mesmerizes the audience with is his spell of magical direction with unbelievably details incorporated in making this great movie.
It has been gathered from various sources that John Cameron actually built the Ship which was to the scale of 90% to the actual one to actually sink it! It's really very difficult to say that one is seeing a dummy in the movie; such was the craftsmanship of the artisans who prepared the Ship!
It is not only the special effects and the elaborative settings of the grand ship but also the simple but touching presentation of a romantic story makes this movie an immortal one in the history of Film Industry.
This movie is the combination of grand visual effects and the sensitive subject of romance which takes one to the Voyage on the Titanic to a different world for about 189 minutes!
Titanic is a romantic adventure and thriller containing the moments of exuberance, humor and tragedy. The characters played in the movie are more than life size but at the same time they are human enough to capture the sympathy of the audience.
The director effectively manages to keep the human values much higher and never fails in his attempts to gather much deserved sympathy from the audience about the Characters who lost their life in the tragedy while depicting the sinking of the grand vessel.
He carefully balances the visual effects (technical special effects) and the human emotions while showing the sinking ship which makes the director genius in the eyes of the audience.
Though the legendary Titanic sank during the early morning hours of April 15, 1912 killing about 1500 people out of 2200 traveling in it, the story begins in the recent/ modern era with a salvage expedition in search of presumed long buried treasure hidden in the Titanic.
Brock Lovett a fortune hunter finds the sketch of the 'Heart of Ocean' a mythical 56 carat diamond which reputedly sank down along with the ship during his expedition.
He becomes very happy to see that his much dreamt diamond actually exists and he was going on a right path on getting this sketch.
He manages to telecast about his findings on the Television as an expedition report to which he receives a response from a 101 years old lady claiming that she has the information about the diamond.
The lady who claims herself as Rose DeWitt Buckater a survivor of the tragedy having arrived on the expedition vessel narrates about the tragedy which takes the audience into the flash back to start the actual story!
The story begins with the day when the giant ship Titanic leaves the Southampton with jubilant cheers from the crowd as it glides away from the land into the deep sea. There are three characters on board around whom the story moves.
Rose is a young American debutant who got forcefully engaged with a filthy rich man but cold hearted Cal Hockley by her mother who hails from a highly bred family but broken financially and the third character is of Jack Dawson who is a penniless artist who unexpectedly wins a third class ticket in poker game to board the ship.
In an incident when rose tries to commit suicide Jack saves her in a dramatic way to win her heart and to gain entry into the lives of riches. In due course of time Jack and rose fall in love which is not liked by Rose's mother.
The intimate relationship of Rose and Jack is not accepted by the rich class conscious society of Cal Hockley. Rose having dared to break the engagement runs ways with jack in the ship and they are being chased by Cal Hockley in desperation.
Rose and jack have an intimate relationship before getting themselves bonded in a nuptial knot in a dramatic way! While they are in their ecstasy the ship meets with an accident by banging itself with a big iceberg which makes the Titanic to sink!
All the main characters of the movie are drowned to death except Rose who gets saved again in a dramatic way along with other 700 survivors to tell the tragedy of the unsinkable sunken ship.
The leading roles of the romantic pair of Jack and Rose of the movie were played by today's finest young actors Leonardo Di Caprio and Kate Winslet respectively. Leonardo Di Caprio is likable and energetic in his role of Jack to make it very acceptable to the audience.
Kate Winslet is not only charming and impressive but absolutely flawless in enacting the role of the era!
illy Zane acted as a perfect Villain who is shown as a callous, arrogant and possessive and yet displaying a true affection to his prized fiancé!
Frances Fisher acted superbly as Rose's mother who is desperate to get back the glory of her past by getting her daughter wedded to the rich man Cal Hockley, at times her desperateness makes her to look like a greedy person!
Gloria Stuart was simply superb as 101 years old Rose De Witt Bukater who was shown a lively old lady with good sense of humor.
Bernard Hill could make his responsibility felt by the audience as the helpless Captain of the Ship who deliberately meets his watery grave at the end after discharging his duties of a responsible captain very diligently.
David Warner acted as Cal's obedient and intelligent man servant.
Kathy Bates successfully lived in her character of Molly Brown who has been shown as a Class conscious outspoken rich Lady.
The other characters are not directly linked with the story but their presence is well felt like crew members, band men etc.
James Cameron touches new heights in Titanic as a director. Though incorporating trick photography and building giant sets are nothing new for him, his attempt of incorporating these things in Titanic makes him definitely different than his former attempts for two reasons.
Firstly, though he incorporated big sets and elaborative shots with lot of technicalities involved to make this movie visually great one he has not forgotten to put the human values well ahead of the technicalities.
He skillfully balanced the intimate and romantic story and the technicalities in depicting the accident of drowning of the Ship. Though many people were shown killed in the accident he tactfully maintains to draw the attention of the viewers towards the main roles to have the sympathy.
Second reason why I appreciate James Cameron as a fantastic director is, he tactfully manages to show each and every detail of the giant ship as a part and parcel of the story. He used the details of the ship as back drop.
He very nicely used the deck when Rose tries to commit suicide. He successfully depicts the huge engine and his machinery of the Titanic when Jack and rose enters the section accidentally when they are being chased by Cal.
Similarly the third class accommodation and the type of people traveling in it and the higher Class of the ship are very nicely depicted as backdrops. Though shown for very few minutes how can one forget the cozy and beautifully made cabin of the Captain!
Thus his ability of mixing technicalities, human values, music and fantastic shots together with self written strong screen play makes this director definitely a stand apart from the crowd!
To make the movie more realistic this great director actually taken his crew to the actual site to film the underwater shots of the sunken Titanic all by himself. That is what I call as a true dedication!
Now as a producer all I can say about James Cameron is that he really had the guts to sink the multimillion dollars worth ship actually into the deep Sea with a 'Come What May; attitude which of course has fetched him all the required name and fame through this movie
Needless to say that the music of this movie is a super hit.
The title music is haunting in nature and the popularity of this track can be judged from the way the audio tracks they were sold in the market !
They were Hot Cakes and still they are popular!
The Music director James Horner deserves a true appreciation which indeed he readily got from he audience!
The Cinematography by Russell Carpenter is simply beyond words to appreciate, the spectacular special effects are only to be seen to believe them! He managed to make each and every frame of the movie worth watching!
One never gets tired and never wants to take the eyes off the screen throughout the movie which lasts about 189 minutes! The long shots and the close ups are equally appreciable.
The initial underwater photography gives a true representation of an expedition of a treasure hunt.
The shots at the end of the movie depicting the sinking Titanic makes one to forget for a while to breath, undoubtedly the impact created by the genius is simply beyond the words to appreciate.
I think it would be more than enough to say that the movie Titanic won eleven Oscar Awards to talk about the merits of this movie!
This fantastic romantic movie with an outstanding cinematography involving some excellent special effects is undoubtedly worth watching.
The music of the movie and the acting of the characters will definitely make you glued yourself to the seat.
Just go for it and enjoy the love story at the Atlantic Sea!
Word of Caution.
Be Careful if have kids at home while watching this movie as this movie does have some nude scenes and extra romance too!
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