One of my all time favourite movies has to be James Cameron’s Titanic.
Every one knows, well I am hoping every one knows, the story of the sinking of the Titanic. Though the film takes place primarily during the sinking, the story follows Jack Dawson who falls in love with a young first class aristocrat named Rose.
If you didn’t get the chance to see the re-release of Titanic in 3D, you really missed out. Usually, I am not the biggest fan of studios converting films to 3D, but this gave me the opportunity to see Titanic up on the big screen where it belongs.
Keeping in mind, Titanic was produced in 1997 and still to this day has some of the best visual effects. In particular, the sinking scene. One of the reasons why I think it is a cinematic gem is the masterful execution of the final hours of the doomed Liner.
Tensions are high on deck as there are nowhere near enough lifeboats to cater for the amount of people on board. We see the separation of classes as the rich and powerful are evacuated first over those on the lower decks. And still, in the midst of all this mayhem, two people of two very different backgrounds whose lives are forever changed by this chance meeting aboard the ill-fated vessel realise a strength they never would of found without first finding each other.
There’s a particular scene in the movie where Rose is being lowered down on a life raft as Jack looks down from above on deck, but as she is unable to go through with leaving him behind and letting go of the best thing that has ever happened in her life up to that point, she climbs out and back onto the ship to find herself in Jack’s arm’s – you jump, I jump, right?
To top it all off, we are graced with one of the most iconic songs ever to be recorded for a film ‘My Heart Will Go On’, by Celine Dion, who has famously previously said she didn’t like the song upon first hearing it, but it later grew on her.
Cue the tears.