Oscars Challenge #73: Titanic (1997) Movie Review
When people talk about Titanic, they always mention the massive sets, the large-scale visual effects that technologically elevated filmmaking, the romantic love story, and the two lead characters, Jack and Rose.
A massive movie that garnered the most Oscar nominations, with 14. The only film to have done it since All About Eve (1950). It also won 11 awards that tied itself with Ben-Hur (1959) and soon-to-be Best Picture winner, The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King (2003). It was marked as one of the highest-grossing films of all time. Titanic defines what a worldwide blockbuster phenomenon should be.
The movie begins when a group of treasure seekers, led by Brock Lovett, begins their quest to search the wreckage of the famous RMS Titanic, hoping to find fortune. They recover a safe they hope contains the necklace with a large diamond called Heart of the Ocean. However, they found a drawing of a naked woman with the date April 14, 1912, the same day the ship sank. After watching the news story about the new items discovered on the wreckage, Rose Dawson contacts Lovett. She decides to meet with them to give more information about the drawing and the location of the necklace. He brings her with them as she recalls her moments aboard the famous ship that met its doom on its maiden voyage.
The next part of the film is about the story of 17-year-old Rose Dewitt Bukater, her wealthy fiancee Cal Hockley and her mother Ruth, board the Titanic, how she struggles with her upcoming arranged marriage with a man she does not love, how she meets Jack Dawson, a lower-class passenger who is excellent at drawing weird things, and how she falls in love with the man whom she just met before the timely demise of the luxury ship.
This movie brings in the talents of several known artists such as Kate Winslet, Leonardo DiCaprio, Billy Zane, Bill Paxton, and many more. James Cameron is the director of this film.
Titanic is definitely a movie of the decade. A film that thrives on its visual effect prowess that captivates its viewers. Many had already cried, laughed, and fallen in love when it came out of the cinemas. A story so epic that tickets and popular merchandise immediately got sold out the moment it was released in cinemas.
But what's so incredible about this epic movie?
Titanic is not the first epic film that won the Best Picture award at the Oscars. Movies like Ben-Hur (1959) or Around the World in 80 Days (1956) are examples of movies with large sets filmed in a wide array to look more massive. But I think what makes this movie unique is the use of advanced technologies. If you remember watching Iron Man back in 2008 for the first time and getting amazed at how Tony Stark suits up, it's the same feeling.
The movie is divided nicely into two parts. The first focuses more on Jack and Rose's relationship while we enjoy the extreme detail of the ship. The second rightfully happens after it gets hit by the iceberg and the failures it encountered during evacuation.
The only thing I deemed inappropriate and unimportant was including Jack and Rose's love story. Even if you remove that, it's still a monumental movie. But it's what made movie-goers cry their hearts out because it adds more suspense and drama to the tragic story.
Watching Titanic is like watching history unfold right between our eyes.
A very deserving 4 out of 5 stars.