Revisiting "Titanic"
Published on February 26, 2013 by Sara Foss

Over at the DG, I write about my recent experience re-watching "Titanic" - a movie I sneered at in college.

Here's an excerpt:

"For a long time, I’ve been interested in watching 'Titanic' again. But I didn’t want to watch it on DVD, on a small screen. I wanted to see it on a giant screen.

I saw 'Titanic' in college, and I was not very impressed. I remember sneering my way through the whole thing, and marveling at a classmate who saw it a half dozen times — if my calculations are correct, this classmate devoted nearly 20 hours of her life to watching 'Titanic.' But after being impressed by director James Cameron’s vision in 'Avatar' and his 2003 documentary 'Ghosts of the Abyss,' in which he and a team of scientists explore the interior of the Titanic using two remotely-operated underwater vehicles, I wondered whether I might be more impressed with 'Titanic’s' scale and craft now that I’m older. So when I heard that Proctor’s was screening the film as part of the American Film Essentials series, I decided I had to go.

So how does 'Titanic' hold up? Overall, extremely well. It is not a perfect movie (what is?), and some of its flaws are pretty cringe-inducing, but the stuff that’s good is really good. Here are some of the things that struck me, right off the bat: Cameron doesn’t mind taking his time. His prologue, involving an elderly Rose and her connection to a mysterious drawing found in a safe on the sunken ship, could be a movie in its own right. And he takes the romance, between young Rose and Jack, slow as well. The film is the work of a filmmaker with real confidence, who is not going to be rushed, because he knows he has a good story to tell."

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User Comments
Steve | February 27, 2013 08:21

I've actually wondered within the past couple of months what I would think about Titanic if I saw it again now. Apparently at some time I'll have to give it a shot! Good review!

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