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This review is from: Titanic (ITV) [DVD] (DVD)Where was the sense of occasion? Where was the sense of tragedy and drama?
The whole thing was incredibly lacking in scale. The inside shots of the ship gave one the sense of being aboard some tramp steamer carrying around 12 passengers, where was the dancing ? Where was the drinking and smoking? Where were the passengers? An evenings entertainment in steerage consisted of a couple of blokes having a chat with a woman sewing nearby! I read that they had 2,500 extras....where were they?
I could go on and on about the historical mistakes,the research must have been unbelievably slapdash, the characters were all comical stereotypes, no depth or proper characterisation ,one couldn't care less what happened to any of them. There were so many great actors and actresses in this ,all criminally wasted. The whole thing was so flat..so dead...lifeless...a sloppy and confusing mess...how could anyone involved in making this have felt they had achieved anything but a pile of lightweight bilge?
The tv production of 1979 sos titanic was far superior. It may have had some mistakes,not had decent special effects and had sets that looked nothing like the Titanic but it achieved a "sense" of the edwardian era,and of what the disaster really meant..how it really felt..the impact it had. If only this could be released in its original full length form and not the butchered version that keeps surfacing. This year should have been the perfect opportunity,I would have purchased that and not this garbage
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Initial post: 20 Apr 2012 01:50:02 BDT
N. D. TIDIMAN says:
I doubt anyone who watched any of this rubbish could possibly disagree with any of your first paragraph.
Posted on 23 Apr 2012 10:06:51 BDT
Stephen Challis says:
I agree with every word.
Posted on 25 Apr 2012 20:11:26 BDT
Peggy Stone says:
Absolutely agree. I've hardly ever seen such a waste of (presumed) talent, from the designer that made the Titanic look like a small ferry (or tramp steamer, as you said!) to the script that seemed determined to make every passenger as petty and spiteful as possible. No sense of grandeur, no tragedy, no drama.... No reason to care about whether any of them lived or died (except the maid and Italian waiter) as their lives seemed so miserable anyway, a concentration of resentments and adulteries and rude behavior and downright psychosis - which still managed to be poisonously dull.
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