Aneesh Chaganty

Movie #290 Titanic

In Uncategorized on August 24, 2011 at 10:42 PM

Movie #290 Titanic

(1997, US, d. James Cameron)

The most prolific filmmaker working in Hollywood today decides to sink the most amount of money ever spent on a romantic movie that takes place on a sinking ship and what do you get? One of the highest grossing films of all time: Titanic. You got to hand it to James Cameron. He knows how to tell a story. No matter how campy they are, how melodramatic, how forced at times, Mr. Cameron will always let your suspensions disappear with his natural flair for visual storytelling. Someone I always considered to be the much more talented cousin of Michael Bay, James Cameron here tells one of the most unforgettable love stories ever printed on celluloid. It is a tale of Jack and Rose, two names Titanic pretty much has trademarks for. Leonardo DiCaprio and Kate Winslet make a wonderful team in this giant melodrama filled with action, suspense, and steamy PG13 sex scenes. It is a film whose visuals are so grandiose and wonderful that it completely covers up the regular, sobby love story at the heart of it all. But again, I have to say: I love this film. It’s one of my favorite films because James Cameron is able to take a decent script and make it a classic. With revolutionary technology and an incredible crew (all across the board in every department, from art to grips to visual effects) behind him, Cameron is able to tell the story of a classic. Though I have to admit I am a bit of a sucker for romantic movies, this film definitely is the cream of the crop. No romantic film before nor after it was able to capture audience’s love and attention as much as Titanic did. It is a film that is large and grandiose, but at the same time, never loses track of where it’s heart is.

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