Titanic is a 1997 American epic romance-disaster film directed, written, co-produced and co-edited by James Cameron. A fictionalized account of the sinking of the RMS Titanic, it stars Leonardo DiCaprio and Kate Winslet as members of different social classes who fall in love aboard the ship during its ill-fated maiden voyage.
A young woman named Rose De Witt Bukater (Kate Winslet) befriends a poor artist named Jack Dawson (Leonardo DiCaprio) while on board the Titanic. Kate’s lover, Cal Hockley (Billy Zane) disapproves of her being with Jack since he’s poor while he’s rich. Later, the Titanic hits an iceberg and sinks, taking more than 1500 lives, including Jack. However, Rose, her Mother and Cal survive. After Jack’s death, Rose manages to escape from Cal and her Mother. Cal Commits suicide after losing his fortune in the Wall Street Crash of 1929.
Why It Rocks
- Despite the long runtime, the film has an incredibly good pace.
- Emotions come at the right time. An example is when Jack dies of hypothermia (which is insanely sad).
- Celine Dion's My Heart Will Go On is a great song and one of the influential song that spread across the world.
- It stays true to the people who died in the disaster.
- The main characters have beautiful chemistry, making them unforgettable.
- Memorable quotes including Jack's famous "I'm the king of the world!" statement (that being the best-known).
- Not only that, the scene when the two at the front of the ship, Jack expand Roses and tell Rose to open her eyes, which is the also best known scene, also known as "I'm flying" scene.
- The replication of the Titanic is well done, and the all of the scenes of the sinking look so real.
- Jack is a very talented artist.
- Like I said in WIR#8, He's not just a ver talented artist, but also an amazing actor as well as Rose.
- Excellent score by James Horner.
- Amazing special effects.
- The 3D conversion was phenomenal and actually felt like it was filmed in 3D.
- Spectacular CGI.
- Great acting from Leonardo DiCaprio and Kate Winslet.
- For a long time now, there has been word Jack could've went on that plank with Rose had she just scooted over. However, Cameron revealed that Jack had to die.
- The shot of the Milky Way at the end in the original was lazily mirrored. This was pointed out by Neil DeGrasse Tyson. James Cameron ignored him at first, but then for the 10th anniversary edition, he used him to provide an accurate star map.
- Titanic's sinking was inaccurate, in the movie the ship went strait down when it sank, and reached a high angle splitting between the 3rd and 4th funnels. In reality Titanic started to list to Starboard but then started to list to port. by the time the ship split, the angle wasn't as high as depicted in the movie. The ship is also said to have actually split between the 2nd and 3rd funnels.
- This film won 11 Academy Awards, a record previously achieved by only Ben-Hur. Since then, The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King also has that special honor.
- Cinematographer Russell Carpenter was the director of photography for most of the film – but Caleb Deschanel shot the scenes set in the modern day.
- A new studio with a 17-million-gallon water tank was built for the film in Mexico. It housed a full-scale model of the Titanic with the ability for the ship to tilt for filming the sinking sequences.
- The hands seen sketching Rose are actually those of director James Cameron.
- The filmmakers had only one opportunity to shoot the scene where the dome of the Grand Staircase implodes and tons of water floods the entire room, as the entire set and furnishings were destroyed in that single shot.
- Titanic was the most expensive film ever made at the time. The final production costs were nearly double its original budget. Due to the financial overages, Fox originally thought the movie was going to be a bust – carrying it as a $55 million loss on their books.
- The film played in theaters so long that Paramount had to send replacement film reels because the theater copies were literally wearing out. After opening wide in theaters on December 19, 1997, Titanic lasted almost 10 months, not closing until Thursday, October 1, 1998.
- Roughly 150 of the extras were given names and backstories of people who were actually on the Titanic. They were also given a three-hour crash course on how to act like someone from 1912.
- The door that Rose floats on at the end of the movie is based on an actual door that was recovered from the real Titanic wreckage.
- If you adjust for inflation to the time the movie was made, the actual Titanic would cost around $150 million, which is $50 million less than what it cost to make the movie.
- Director James Cameron was so meticulous in recreating the Titanic that he had the davits for lowering the lifeboats made by the same company that made them for the actual ship. He also had 18,000 square feet of carpet for the first-class dining saloon recreated by the same company that had manufactured the original carpet.
- This movie was referenced in We Bare Bears' episode Shush Ninja, along with other movies like Singin' in the Rain, My Neighbor Totoro and Disney's famous movies like The Little Mermaid and Beauty and the Beast.
Titanic received positive reviews from critics and audiences alike. The film currently holds an 89% on Rotten Tomatoes with an average of 7.98/10 and a critic consensus that reads "Mostly unqualified try am for James Cameron, who offers a dizzying blend of spectacular visuals and old-fashioned melodrama". Film critics Gene Siskel and Roger Ebert awarded the film with a "two thumbs up". Ebert awarded the film a four out of four stars and described it as "A glorious Hollywood epic" and "well worth the wait". Gene and Roger deemed it as one of their best films of 1997. Despite mostly positive reviews, other reviewers deemed the film as weak, particularly for the dialogue. Kenneth Turan of The Los Angeles Times said in his review "What really brings on the tears is Cameron’s insistence that writing this kind of movie is within his abilities. Not only is it not, it is not even close".
The movie won 11 Academy Awards out of 14 Academy Award nominations.
The movie grossed 2.187 billion dollars worldwide, and it was for a long while, the highest grossing movie of all time until, Avatar (also directed by James Cameron).