Titanic Review


Titanic Review

You know the story. A poor guy (Leonard DiCaprio) wins a ticket onto the “unsinkable” monster of luxury, Titanic, and then falls in love with the mentally and emotionally lost rich girl (Kate Winslet). They run the whole gauntlet to be together, which includes a snobbish mother (Frances Fisher), a spoiled rich boyfriend (Billy Zane), and oh yeah, a sinking ship (Titanic). All to be together and live happily ever after.

I joke because Titanic has the long standing reputation of being classified as a “chick flick”, all because of the central story of the movie, the love story between Jack (DiCaprio) and Rose (Winslet). But come on, there’s plenty of death, destruction and disaster for guys to like this movie too, well those guys who act like they can’t like something if it’s a love story.

Fact is, when you get past some of the often cheesy, for lack of a better word, dialogue within, you have a fantastic blockbuster of an epic movie on your hands. Would it be the record holding box office monster that is had it not been based on and bear the title of Titanic? Well I don’t think so, but it was still more than deserving of its 11 1998 Oscars, including Best Picture. A case could certainly be made for why Kate Winslet should have won Best Actress over Helen Hunt, but at least DiCaprio wasn’t nominated.

I’m not a Leonard DiCaprio fan, something about the guy just doesn’t allow for me to like him. With that said, he played his role as Jack Dawson very well, and gave arguable his best performance to date (review written in 2006), short of his starring role in Catch Me If You Can and The Aviator. To be honest though, while his delivery was fine, the dialogue he was given to work with left something to be desired.

Kate Winslet on the other hand is almost brilliant as the elegant and sophisticated Rose, and of course Winslet as gorgeous in the film (and yes guys, she’s nude in the film for a few seconds). The rest of the cast, from Paxton to Bates and everyone in between, all do a wonderful job.

James Cameron’s directing of this masterpiece was outstanding, some might even say it’s his best work. The special effects were perfectly done, as was the entire chaos filled scenes that begin shortly after the ship hit the iceberg.

There’s more than enough in this super long movie for everyone, whether you like the love story of Jack and Rose, Kate Winslet’s breast, the sinking of the unsinkable, and thousands of people dying (including Jack Dawson). It should be in your DVD collection, as it is mine, and you should spring for the 3-Disc Special Edition, seeing as how it doesn’t cost too much more than the one-disc.

Titanic gets a four out of five: GREAT.

11 thoughts on “Titanic Review

  1. Those who would say that Titanic is Jim Cameron’s best work have to have missed both The Abyss and Terminator 2. 😉

    Also– DiCaprio’s best performance as of the release of Titanic? What’s Eating Gilbert Grape. His best performance as of now is probably his turn in The Departed, perhaps followed by his performance in Blood Diamond.

    Not a bad movie by any means, but in my opinion three out of the other four nominees that year were better movies (As Good As It Gets, Good Will Hunting, & L.A. Confidential) and I thought Will Hunting in particular should have won Best Picture out of that field of nominees.

  2. The Abyss is something I’m dying to get on Blu-Ray as well.

    DiCaprio showed some promise in scenes of Titatnic, but Gilbert Grape definitely had more going for it. Back during Titanic, he still was mostly teeny bopper fodder.

    Gangs of New York also showed something from Leo. That got my attention but it really wasn’t until Catch Me If You Can where he really started turning my head in a big way and I had to say: “Ok. This guy is really a damned good actor.” .

    Then we went into Departed, Shutter Island, Blood Diamond, Aviator, Inception and the rest of those and I was one of the biggest Leo bashers back in high school back in the day and he made me eat crow over and over again to the point that I can now say he’s one of our finest actors working today.

    Titanic is a good movie albeit quite uneven in spots and ultimately overrated and overhyped IMO.

    T2, Abyss, True Lies, Aliens…all better JC movies by far for me.

  3. I didn’t care for Gilbert Grape at all, it’s one of the few Johnny Depp movies that I don’t like. Not saying Leo didn’t do a good job in it, but I just don’t like it.

  4. Look at the G child, completely avoiding my challenge of his statement that Titanic “more than deserved” its Best Picture win. 😉

  5. I disagree with you CBT. I didn’t care for As Good As It Gets, and in my opinion Titanic is better than Good Will Hunting and especially L.A. Confidential. I enjoyed Titanic more; I’ve also seen Titanic more than the rest of those films combined.

  6. I’m gonna have to agree with CBT, I think that Good Will Hunting should have won Best Picture that year. As Good As It Gets was alright and Jack had some great/absurd lines(“There are Jews at my table” and “People who speak in metaphors can shampoo my crotch” come to mind), but I don’t think it was Best Picture worthy.

    I’ve only seen Titanic once, and I liked it more than I thought I would, but I also agree with Q, Leo has had better performances. The Departed, Inception, Aviator…haven’t seen Shutter Island yet, but I need to.

  7. You didn’t care for As Good As It Gets?! “Especially” L.A. Confidential?! Better than Good Will Hunting?! Madness! Pure, inexplicable madness!


  8. Leo’s best performance to date… this review was like 2005 or 2006, written for The Movie Matinee when we were just starting it. There was no Departed or Inception at the time, although yes they are certainly better performances.

    Titanic featured a very hot Kate Winslet, a huge sinking ship, and Leo getting killed… that’s an awesome movie in my book.

  9. I’m not sure I’d say that Leo “got killed” in the picture, as much as he kind of anticlimactically expired. 😉 I do have to counter the other bit by pointing out that Good Will Hunting featured an even hotter Minnie Driver as well as letting us all know that there was much more to Robin Williams than Hook or Good Morning Viet Nam. Not to mention jointly launching Ben Affleck and Matt Damon (cue Team America clip here) into superstardom. Plus, the script beat Cameron’s script for Titanic. If the script was better, than doesn’t that mean the movie was better too?

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