Film Reviews

Titanic (Film Review)

**Includes Spoilers** **May not be accurately in chronological order**

I thought I’d start reviewing films properly. I’m always looking to expand MoggBlog and of course there’s always room for improvements in anything. I’ve always been a big film nerd (well, just media in general really) so I might as well get my views down on a blog post. It wasn’t until I was sat watching the 1997 drama, disaster film that it hit me that I want to start writing reviews of films, so here I am…

So, let’s get to the film itself. You feel every particle in the movie. Some may agree to disagree but the way that it opens its doors and lets everyone on the ship feel at home on their short amount of time journey is beautiful. Obviously there’s not a happy ending, we all know the conclusion to what happens in this true story and it will never be forgotten. James Cameron’s adaptation of the true event is still breathtaking to watch 20 years later from its release. The almost 3 and a half hour film blossoms, just like the love that Jack and Rose shared. Their story may be fiction in this factual movement, but my goodness, it feels real. The use of the lighting in the film empathises with the audience, for instance; a dark, sad scene will obviously be in a negative colour shade so we can relate to the scene itself. 

As for the main characters, Jack’s poor but has the kindest heart. He knows what he wants and he would have gone out there and carried on following his chosen path. He’s known for being an artist in the film, but the drawings weren’t drawn by Leonardo himself, strangely enough they were actually James Cameron’s (The Director) masterpieces… Is there anything that man can’t do? Then we get to Rose, who isn’t as relatable as Jack as she has it all but you can tell she’s not content with anything. You can have all the money in the world, someone who says they love you (her arrogant fiancée, Cal) but still not be happy with yourself. She’s surrrounded by toxic people in her immediate circle, including her own family. It’s obvious in my eyes that Rose didn’t love herself and the life she led until she met Jack. She wanted attention and by wanting attention, it made her a bit loopy…

We get to a scene where Rose is running up the deck crying, because she’s not happy with her life. She then leaps onto the ship’s barriers and gives off the impression that she wants to kill herself. The background music in this film is simply put as heroic. As Jack comes along and talks to Rose, she’s being reassured that she’s making a bad decision, and when she decides to climb back over the rails, she slips. At this part, the music suddenly goes dark and quite scary like but before we know it Jack saves the day, gripping hold to her and by letting her know he will not let go. This issues the music to go back towards its heroic, brave theme again. While we are on the subject of the music, James Horner’s soundtrack for the movie is truly gripping and very moving to say the least and I’m not surprised at all with it being the best-selling orchestral film soundtrack of all time. 

What makes me so sad is at more or less the first half of the film is that the ship is completely divided between upper and lower classes. As for someone who’s analysing this film in 2018, things are definitely a lot more different to how they were back in 1912, which is great. If ships were simply divided the way that were in Titanic nowadays, there would be an uprising of complaints. In some what other ways though, there are still places that are closely compared to Titanic in dividing upper and lower classes as some people in the world don’t like change. It’s hard to really get into a debate about things like this, because it can get political and uncomfortable for some peers.

I personally think in the first moment we see Jack looking at Rose walking down those wooden stairs, we know we’re stuck in this romance too. I’ve skipped a little bit as if I reviewed EVERY single thing in this film, I’d be writing a book. I’m just marking my words on the key events. Jack had been invited to attend an upper class dinner as thanks for saving Rose basically, and he definitely did scrub up well in this scene.

As they’re at the dinner table, Jack is questioned by Rose’s peers to what his future holds, and Jack describes that “all life is a game of luck.” This links in his belief in fate and that god will help him along his path. Everyone will have different views on this quote as some people believe in religion, others don’t. There’s not a right or wrong answer really.

The upper class party is so civilised and elegant, but is that real? Leading to Jack saying one of his most iconic lines of the film “…So you want to go to a real party?” Seeing Rose and Jack let loose in the lower classes party is humble and probably the most fun scene of the movie. After the party, Rose’s family, as you can imagine, disapproves of what she did by going to a lower class party and spending a lot of time with Jack. She then takes their thoughts into account and stops seeing Jack. This only happens for a little amount of time before she meets Jack on the deck after she “changed her mind” and we all know this scene. Yes, the famous “I’m Flying!” scene. It’s completely iconic and the instrumental of “My Heart Will Go On” is there with open arms (pun definitely intended) to secure us that everything is completely fine in this present scene.

As for any film, there’s got to be some unlikeliness in it somewhere and for me it’s how Jack and Rose completely fell in love with each other in 4 days. You may be attracted to that person more over 4 days but being in love with them within that time span in my opinion, is a bit false. Jack showed Rose a life that she never thought she’d have and that is so sad but heartwarming for hope. Even though they didn’t have the ending that they wanted, Rose found herself and loved herself with a bit of guidance from Jack.

Now I want to take some time to talk about Cal, Rose’s abusive fiancée. He is completely arrogant and thinks he knows best, but I kind of feel sorry for him. What made him act the way that he did with Rose? Did he have a rough upbringing too? In this film, he’s aged 30, so you’d think he’d be more maturer and have a brain. I guess things were a lot more harder back then with a lot of things, but then again, no human should ever treat anyone in the way that Cal did with Rose, in ANY time period.

As for the big scene when everything starts happening, it’s really not for the faint hearted. You see people literally frozen, or people getting shot/shooting others. It’s literally a survival of the fittest. If you’re rich and female or a child, you’re on the boat first. That’s what things were like back then and in a way, it would be similar now if the world was struck by something like that again (which is very unlikely because people have learnt a lot from their mistakes to not make a huge ship made of Iron & Steel.) Then equal rights became a thing a few decades after Titanic so things are VERY different to how they used to be, especially at this moment in the world. 

Then we get to probably the most iconic and referenced scene of the movie, when Rose climbs onto the wooden door. There’s controversy still to the day that there was room on the door when simply put, if Jack climbed onto there too, every time they were to climb onto it, they’d simply fall off, so I think there WASN’T any room for Jack. It’s clear in my eyes that Jack knew that he was going to die so he tried to make Rose feel positive and hopes that she will live, so while trying to keep her hopes high, he includes his quote “winning that ticket was the best thing that ever happened to me.”

As for the “I’ll never let go Jack,” I think Rose meant that metaphorically more than physically, she obviously had to let go of his frozen body and I feel it was more towards “I’ll never forget you and never forget what you taught me in our short amount of time together.”  I feel that the boats wouldn’t have come back for Rose if it wasn’t for Fifth Officer Harold Lowe played by Ioan Gruffudd who simply rescued Rose after she blew the whistle to indicate she was still alive. Even though this didn’t actually happened because Rose is a fictional character, the real life Harold Lowe did go back to see if there were any survivors but the water was simply to cold for anyone to survive.

In conclusion, Titanic sits comfortably in a list of films you need to see in your lifetime. It unveils near enough every emotion you can fit into one film. Jaw-dropping catastrophe and a heartbreaking historical event explained near enough perfectly in James Cameron’s film. 

Score out of 5:  ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️

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