by Diana Vaccarelli
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Although This Film is 20 Years Old So is There Really Anything to Spoil?
With the popularity of “Throwback Thursday” on social media and the current lack of quality in both film and television as of late, I thought it would be fun to share my thoughts on some classic films. Titanic follows the story of star-crossed lovers Jack Dawson (Leonardo DiCaprio) and Rose DeWitt Bukater (Kate Winslet) aboard the ill fated luxury liner.
- The chemistry of DiCaprio and Winslet is reminiscent of Clark Gable and Vivian Leigh in Gone With The Wind and Humphrey Bogart and Ingrid Bergman in Casablanca. These two actors have created an onscreen couple for the ages. The audience can feel the love the characters have for one another.
- Writer/Director/Editor James Cameron had his hand in everything. This is the true testament to a legendary director. He even did the drawing of Rose (Winslet) featured in the film. He brought a story to life that has moments of laughter and brings you to tears, especially the end.
- Billy Zane’s portrayal of the villainous Cal Hockley was breathtaking. There were moments when I hated him more than that boss I once had who – never mind. But there also were moments that filled me with empathy for the character. An example is when he watched from afar Rose and Jack’s kiss when they were reunited. In this small moment you I definitely felt his pain as he realized he had lost his fiance.
- The costumes, the sets, the scenery, every little detail was carefully considered by the filmmakers and crew and led to an overall feeling of reality.
- Total spoiler alert just in case: I still wish that Jack didn’t die at the end of this film and instead he and Rose livee happily ever after. But then, I’m a sucker for happy endings.
- Since there isn’t much at the theaters these days I highly recommend you watch or re-watch this classic film, which can be found just about everywhere, online and off. I confidently predict you’ll be very glad you did.