A Mumbai teen who grew up in the slums, becomes a contestant on the Indian version of "Who Wants To Be A Millionaire?" He is arrested under suspicion of cheating, and while being interrogated, events from his life history are shown which explain why he knows the answers.
84 years later, a 101-year-old woman named Rose DeWitt Bukater tells the story to her granddaughter Lizzy Calvert, Brock Lovett, Lewis Bodine, Bobby Buell and Anatoly Mikailavich on the Keldysh about her life set in April 10th 1912, on a ship called Titanic when young Rose boards the departing ship with the upper-class passengers and her mother, Ruth DeWitt Bukater, and her fiancé, Caledon Hockley. Meanwhile, a drifter and artist named Jack Dawson and his best friend Fabrizio De Rossi win third-class tickets to the ship in a game. And she explains the whole story from departure until the death of Titanic on its first and last voyage April 15th, 1912 at 2:20 in the morning. Written by
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When they find their rooms in steerage and Jack introduces himself to the Swedish men, Fab takes the top bunk. Jack turns to Fab and says "Who says you get top bunk, huh?" but his mouth never moves then or later to actually say it. See more »
Thirteen meters; you should see it.
[seeing the shipwreck come into view for the first time]
OK; take her up and over the bow rail.
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There are no opening credits after the title has been shown. See more »
If one does a keyword search of Titanic on the IMDB, they will find that it is not a new subject for film. Documentaries, TV movies, and big screen versions abound. The Barbara Stanwyck-Clifton Webb version of 1955 had a much better story -- the tension between the characters was palpable and when their son leaves his mother to go back onto the ship to die with his father -- that is touching, not watching the puppy love antics of DiCaprio and Winslet and sweaty heaving and thrusting in the back of an Oldsmobile.
Anyway, back to the skillions of versions of Titanic. Lest we forget, I will mention here that another ocean liner sank, the Lusitania, with an equal, if not more, loss of lives. This sinking was an act of war (it was sunk by a German U-boat) and a hell of a lot more important to history -- it prompted the US to enter WWI. David Butler has written a novel called Lusitania and it is a Grand Hotel on the ocean, in theory the same as Cameron's script, although it is much better written. At least there are more than three central characters. The tragedy of the Lusitania is no less heartbreaking than that of the Titanic. So why didn't Cameron take his money and present a subject that is neglected on film (apart from documentaries)? I'm sure he could have taken Butler's book and made it as good as the author wrote it. Cross-cutting from Kapitan Schwieger in the U-Boat and the people on board the ship just before the torpedo hit would have been as exciting as editing could get.
All this talk of jealousy on the part of Titanic naysayers is ridiculous. I have seen many big budget movies that have good scripts and are entertaining and I have no qualms about recommending them. I happen to think The Fifth Element is one of the best sci-fi movies in recent years. Other people pan it, but I don't wag my finger at them and say, "You're just jealous!" They can have their own opinion, but that doesn't mean they are more right than I. I just happen to think that Titanic, as envisioned by James Cameron, is uninspired, tedious, and, apart from the special effects (some of which are not done well at all -- again, people, my OPINION), a waste of time. I've tried watching it a second time and I just can't get into it. The Prologue with Old Rose is not interesting at all and I think Gloria Stuart hasn't improved her acting skills since The Invisible Man (way back in 1933) and she is the major fault of that movie.
As for it being the greatest film of all time or even in the top 10, I shake my head in dismay at the bandwagon mentality sweeping the world about this movie. Gone With the Wind, She Wore a Yellow Ribbon, The Wild Bunch, To Kill a Mockingbird, The General, Greed, The Birth of a Nation, Intolerance, The Women, All Quiet on the Western Front, Sunset Boulevard, The Big Parade, Meet John Doe, Double Indemnity, and about 100 others are better all around as a cinematic experience than Titanic. These movies have excellent character and plot development, use of camera techniques and a quiet charisma that the bombastic Titanic with its loud score (by the self-plagiaristic James Horner -- I heard Aliens, Star Trek II, and several other of his films in the Titanic score) and obvious "gut-wrenching" ploys sorely lacks. I just cannot award the laurels for the best movie of all time to a film that excels in one department (special effects) and falls short in all others.
PS -- To all those who complain that people are saying the movie is predictable because the boat sinks: I think we're all talking about Cameron's love story, not the fact that the boat sinks. Only an "ignorant" person would lodge that complaint. I knew from the previous scene what would happen to these characters next, and that shows the mark of a poor script.
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