Titanic is a 1997 movie directed by James Cameron, and starring Leonardo DiCaprio and Kate Winslet. It follows two people on the ship Titanic, as they try to overcome class distinctions, and escape the ship as it sinks. Overall, although this movie is truly epic in scope, I found it a little “cheesy” and precious.
Titanic follows Jack, a poor traveler who manages to hitch a ride on the ship Titanic right before it sets sail. While on the ship, he stops a rich woman named Rose from committing suicide, and the two fall in love despite the evident class distinctions between them. However, their time together is cut short when the Titanic begins to sink, and they must find a way to survive.
Titanic is a massive film. They built a real ship for shooting that was almost the size of the actual Titanic, and this film is very historically accurate. Real historical characters such as Thomas Andrews or James Bruce Ismay are portrayed extremely accurately, down to their respective death and escape being correct. Additionally, the manner in which the ships sinks is also historically accurate. James Cameron did very thorough research before making this movie, and it really paid off. The main characters, Jack and Rose, are very charming, and they have a believable relationship, with some great scenes, such as when Rose visits the third class.
The relationship itself however, while charming in the beginning, feels a little sappy and precious at the end. This is purely subjective, and I have friends who actually like this particular aspect of their relationship, but personally I didn’t.
Titanic is a good film. I don’t believe it’s one of the best films ever as some people make it out to be, but it is a good historical love story, and one worth seeing.