|"Afterward, the seven hundred people in the boats had nothing to do but wait: wait to die, wait to live, wait for an absolution which would never come."|
|Time: 194 mins.|
Won Academy Awards for Art Direction, Costume Design, Cinematography, Director, Picture, Sound Effects Editing, Visual Effects, Film Editing, Dramatic Score, Song, and Sound.
I like to think that the reason I wasn't as entranced with this film as I thought I would be is because it's all anybody's heard about for the past year. The hype was just too much, making it, in my opinion, unable to stand up against the scrutiny of any normal film. Just knowing it cost $200 million made me wonder periodically if it was worth it and where all the money actually went. One would hope that the story would be good enough to distract you from these outside thoughts, but it wasn't. I've always been intrigued by the Titanic, as I think a lot of people are, and maybe I shouldn't have watched 4 hours of National Geographic Explorer about the ship the weekend before I saw the movie. I already knew alot about that fateful night on the sea, so I guess I was hoping for a story that would encapsulate the sinking, but grab my heart as well. As much as I like the two lead actors, Winslet and Dicaprio, I just didn't buy the love story between them.
The reasons she didn't like her fiancé are obvious and maybe should have been a little more subtle to give Kate some true acting to do. No woman with a brain in her head would want to stay with someone who treated her like a piece of property, no matter how much money he had. She desperately needed to escape, but come on. Leonardo may be charismatic and cute, but give up your whole life for him...I don't think so. They are both very attractive, but I felt they had no real sexual tension. They might as well have been brother and sister. There was a connection between them, but I didn't feel the romance. Granted the scene where she poses for him was quite erotic, but mainly because she was feeling the power of her sexuality not because he's this virile man ready to bring her to new heights of ecstasy. I guess Leonardo is just too much of a boy for me.
The effects and look of the ship were fantastic; however, a film should never be only about that. As much as Cameron says the film isn't, when you spend that much money, it is. If he truly wanted to do a love story there are plenty of other, cheaper ways to do it. The terror of the final sequence, once the ship hits the iceberg, is mesmerizing and makes you wonder what you would've done in the same circumstances. Now being a woman I had a higher probability of getting off the ship alive, but I don't know if I could leave my husband. It truly showcased some of the best and worst traits of human beings. The sinking of the ship was phenomenal, one-of-a-kind filmmaking. All those extras, all that water....wow.
The final sequence of all the survivors in the water freezing to death and calling for help will truly stick with me. Out of over a dozen boats, most only half full, only one boat went back to pull people out of the water and even then they were too late to save very many. I would hate to have been in one of the boats and have to live with that on my conscience. The scene is so beautifully lit all blue and white, you truly feel the cold of that water. A horrible way to die. Winslet is amazing in this scene, portraying her desolation at the death of her newfound love and equally her will to live. Everything in this movie is extraordinary, from the acting to the real china plates. It certainly didn't surpass my expectations, but it wasn't a waste of 3 hours either. The only thing missing is the sexual chemistry between the films principals. Oh well, you've got a sinking ship what more do you need? Right?