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4.0 out of 5 stars Almost the greatest film ever made, 30 April 2012
This review is from: Titanic [1998] [DVD] (DVD)
Up until 48 hours ago I must have been the only person on the planet not to have seen this film! Curious how you can sometimes miss cultural juggernauts. It's even curiouser given I'm a fan of Leo's work. I'm sure I probably haven't got much to add that hasn't already been said but I thought I'd write a review anyway because the film has stayed etched on my mind since I saw it.

As it turns out, this is a multi-Oscar winner that pulls off the unique trick of being brilliant and rightly deserving its classic status with a movie that in places is toe-curlingly bad. For this writer/producer/director James Cameron must surely take the blame.

Cameron is a genius with the visuals and action. Everything looks utterly authentic; the camerawork, especially as the boat goes down, is masterful; the structure and how he allows us to see every aspect of life on the ship, brilliant. But Cameron knows that all this will count for nothing unless there's a human story at the heart of it. For that he deserves credit but alas his writing skills aren't up to the challenge. So the relationship between Jack and Rose, although touching in places, is also heavy-handed and a bit mawkish. Cameron is a well-known control freak on set which is a shame because if he'd handed some of the writing duties to a more sensitive scribe then quite possibly TITANIC would have been the greatest film ever made. Instead it's nearly there. Oh, and James Horner's score doesn't help: it can be gut-churningly sentimental.

Having said all that, as the ship sinks, especially in the final moments as it stands at a right angle from the ocean Cameron has captured some of the most visceral and haunting images ever put down on film. I found it almost too distressing to watch.
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