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  • This epic romantic disaster film written, directed, produced, and edited by the only

  • person to visit the deepest part of the ocean, Hollywood icon James Cameron, was released

  • just in time for Oscar contention in late 1997 - and with a $200 million dollar budget

  • was the most expensive movie ever made, at the time - and adjusted for inflation, more

  • than $50-million more than it cost to construct the original ship in 1910. Luckily for all

  • parties involved, this fictionalized account of the world's most famous shipwreck, the

  • sinking of the RMS Titanic, went on to gross nearly two billion dollars, making it the

  • highest-grossing film of all time for twelve years, until Cameron's next picture, Avatar,

  • surpassed it. Book-ended by present day scenes on board a salvage ship floating over the

  • North Atlantic resting site of the famed liner, the story of Titanic is told through the aging

  • eyes of prolific 1930's actress Gloria Stewart, who plays a 101-year-old survivor, eager to

  • share her memories of the ship's final cruise to the modern-day treasure hunter salvagers,

  • lead by Bill Paxton. At 87-years-old, Stewart was the oldest person to ever be nominated

  • for a competitive Oscar, sadly, her Academy Award was one of only three Titanic did not

  • win that year. The film did grab a record-tying 11 awards, including of course, Best Picture.

  • Although not intended to be an entirely historically accurate depiction of Titanic's voyage, the

  • engaging story interweaves delicately, and effectively with true events. At this film's

  • center is a remarkable love story between Leonardo DiCaprio, a poor artist relegated

  • to steerage, and Kate Winslet, who plays the young, rich-socialite version of Stewart's

  • character. Unfortunately, their steamy romance is interrupted when the massive ocean-liner

  • strikes an ice-berg, and begins to slowly sink into the cold Atlantic ocean - a fate

  • sternly predicted by ship designer Victor Garber. [CLIP] A disaster picture on the grandest

  • scale, Cameron incredibly guides the audience through the chaos with carefully executed

  • shots, coupled with some of the most astonishing visual effects in any film, past or present

  • - to present us not only with a heart-wrenching and nail-biting final act, but an emotionally

  • resounding one as well. Anchored by an instrumental version of Celine Dion's beautifully powerful

  • "My Heart Will Go On", the best-selling single of the entire decade, the love-story here

  • is one for the ages - the two young actors convey a truly magical romance, that even

  • a few lines of corny dialogue can't ruin. While our lovable leading duo are incredibly

  • easy on the eyes, and easy to root for, what elevates this film is the outstanding supporting

  • cast. There are over 100 speaking roles here, and every character shines in one memorable

  • scene after the next, from Billy Zane as Winslet's arrogant fianc�, insisting on bribing his

  • way off of the sinking ship, or Kathy Bates' steadfast common sense as the Unsinkable Molly

  • Brown, to Jonathan Hyde's brilliant performance as the cowardly White Star Line managing director,

  • eager to make headlines. Even non-Actor Lewis Abernathy, as Paxton's brash salvage partner

  • adds welcome comedic relief. It's no secret that a film this popular has it's detractors...

  • but regardless of the its faults, there's something appealing and entertaining here

  • for everyone. With the exception of some repetitive "out-run the rising water" sequences, every

  • single scene of this 194-minute epic is littered with touching, exciting, erotic, and frightening

  • moments that tug on every single human emotion, all building to an immensely violent, thrilling,

  • and depressing final act. Having spent more time with Titanic than its doomed passengers

  • ever did, Cameron's dedication to this movie does not go unnoticed - his trademark strong

  • female lead charging the way through one of the greatest and most impressive films ever

  • made. Technically speaking, there are zero-missteps here; from the shot composition, editing,

  • sound effects to the music and costumes, everything here is filmmaking at its finest. Having been

  • a Titanic buff since the 3rd grade, I first saw this film over 14 years ago... and watching

  • it again with a critical perspective made me appreciate the scope and scale that much

  • more. Re-released last week to commemorate the centenary of the tragedy, the newly applied

  • post-converted 3D is expertly handled, and remarkably executed -- adding a new layer

  • of depth and realism to this incredible motion picture. For those who love the film, this

  • new version is most assuredly worth your time - giving some hope to the previously considered

  • awful concept of post-converting a movie to three dimensions. As groundbreaking today

  • as it was 15 years ago, phrases like "I'm the King of the world", and "I'll never let

  • go" still resonate... having been permanently burned into the public psyche. A monumental

  • epic that's entertaining and enjoyable in every sense of the word, Titanic is a "Wonderfully

  • grand achievement. Emotionally exhilarating." Now that I've exhausted every adjective in

  • my lexicon with the longest review in Movie Night history, let's read some of your reviews

  • from the YouTube comments.

  • Here's the Rate-O-Matic to share our scores for "Titanic"... a TEN and a NINE. Unanimously

  • impressed by this film's action and technical achievements, it was some poor dialogue and

  • length-issues you didn't care for as much, you thought it was Awesome. Although it's

  • one of the most impressive movies in existence, Titanic is hardly the best ever made... hell,

  • it's not even my favorite James Cameron picture -- but it's few flaws are greatly out-shined

  • by the stunning, and emotional achievements throughout. There's a reason it spent a record

  • fifteen consecutive weeks at #1, this is an amazing motion picture, no doubt about it.

  • It's just a shame not everyone is able to objectively appreciate it.

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