When I started the movie part of my challenge I wasn’t too excited to see the movie Titanic on the list. Don’t get me wrong, the first time I saw it, I enjoyed the film. However, over the years, I grew tired of the movie. It always seemed to be on TV, except of course when I wanted to watch it for my challenge. Also, the Celine Dion song, “My Heart Will Go On” was always on the radio, in shopping malls, elevators, and the dentist office. I was over the movie.
I set these feelings aside and tracked down a copy of the movie at my local Blockbuster. The movie came out in 1997. James Cameron, wrote, directed, co-produced, and co-edited the film. It was nominated for fourteen Academy Awards and won eleven, including Best Picture and Best Director. For years it was the highest-grossing film. Then Cameron released Avatar in 2010, which beat his previous record. Please note that there are some spoilers below.
The story is a fictionalized account of a love story. When Jack Dawson (Leonardo DiCaprio) wins a ticket on Titanic while playing poker he feels like the luckiest man in the world. He meets Rose (Kate Winslet). Rose is engaged to a powerful and wealthy man (Billy Zane). She is out of Jack’s league. However, against all the odds, they fall in love. Their love isn’t the only ill-fated part of the voyage. I hope I don’t ruin the story for you, but the ship sinks. I knew this going in the first time. And I knew this going in last week when I popped it into my DVD player.
What amazed me about the movie this last time was that I still got sucked into the story. After all of these years, the love story is still touching. I won’t ruin the movie completely for you, but at the end, I had tears in my eyes. And when the credits were rolling, I listened to the song one more time.
If you haven’t seen this film, and I’m amazed if you haven’t seen even bits of it, I would recommend it. I think there was a reason why this film was so successful. I think there is a romantic in most of us. And I believe a lot of us love to cheer on the underdog. I wonder if this will be the last time I watch it.
Up next is the silent film Sunrise.