Jeff's Reviews

Thoughts on every movie I've ever seen.

Titanic (1997)

Directed by James Cameron

Starring Leonardo DiCaprio, Kate Winslet, Billy Zane, Kathy Bates


More heart than most Cameron movies. For once, technology and spectacle are not at its center. It’s a heart-warming love story. Kazen and I argued about whether or not it’s a happy story or sad, depressing story. It is a happy story.

I am now a DiCaprio fan, especially after What’s Eating Gilbert Grape. Paxton should stick with supporting roles. He was good. I was drawn to Victor Garber’s performance. Something about his performance made him seem very real. You wouldn’t expect such subtle perfection from an accomplished stage actor. What made Molly Brown unsinkable? Seems like Kathy Bates was wasted.

Brilliant plot structure. But the timing of the jumps back to the present was a bit off, I thought. There were too many jumps to the future. And quite often, the jumps occurred at the worst possible moment, at a very emotional moment in the past, and at times when you most wanted the story of the past to continue and move forward rather than abruptly stop.

Like Malcolm X, the film uses real life footage to supplement the fictional story, doing wonders to make it real. A lot of close-ups too early and during unemotional parts of the film (I didn’t expect this from the seasoned Cameron). The perfect story for Cameron to use his blue lighting. An awful lot of CGI’s. Most of them were good, but sometimes they looked a little soft, and everyone knows that imperfect CGI’s can really pull you out of a movie. The musical score is awesome.

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