Hello everyone and welcome to Throwback Thursday, where every Thursday I’ll be posting a review of an older but noteworthy film. This week’s pick goes to one of James Cameron’s titanic movies (see what I did there? haha), Titanic from 1997.
Released in 1997, written and directed by James Cameron, Titanic is the second highest grossing film of all time. Production for the film began in 1995 with Cameron shooting footage of the real life Titanic at the bottom of the North Atlantic Ocean and although it a fictional account of the ship’s foundering the attention to detail is unsurpassed.
The story follows the paths of Jack Dawson (Leonardo DiCaprio) and Rose DeWitt Bukater (Kate Winslet), two people from completely different social classes whom despite having so many differences, fall in love for one another on Titanic’s ill-fated maiden voyage.
Although Titanic’s ultimate ending is no surprise, the story of Jack and Rose is an interesting one even for people who are not typically fans of romance films (like me). The showcase of diversity and values between social classes not only keeps the film engaging but also illustrates how money and status, means very little if anything, when we realise our mortality. Throughout the film one can see that the rich value their money and luxuries, the poor value their freedom and fun. Whether rich or poor we all meet death one way or another after everything is said and done and I think the film does a great job of demonstrating that fact.
“Life is a gift and I don’t intend on wasting it.”
– Jack Dawson
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Glenn Stuart Tucker