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Very disappointing and incomplete.,
This review is from: Titanic (ITV) [DVD] (DVD)I can only echo the feelings of previous reviewers. I too was greatly looking forward to this, but this Titanic was not Downton Abbey (in any sense - either location or quality). It started promisingly enough, but soon became tedious and annoying with its frequent repetitions - the ship hit the iceberg four times, for example, once in each episode! The final episode, which should have been the most dramatic of all, was to my mind actually the worst! Worst of all, though, was the almost total ignoring of the significant events taking place on the bridge, in the radio room (these were the vintage days of marine ship to ship communication by radio, and the Marconi operators played a heroic and significant part in events, yet we never saw a single one of them so far as I recall); and above all the complete absence of the other ships involved that fateful night: especially the parts played by the Carpathia and the Californian. Anyone seriously interested in a more documentary account would be well advised to go back to the vintage British black & white film "A Night to Remember" (the film version of Walter Lord's book) starring Kenneth More as Second Officer Lightoller.
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Initial post: 17 Apr 2012 21:17:56 BDT
I thought it was particularly disrespectful to show the final episode on the anniversary of the tragedy when it concentrated so heavily on fictional characters.
The actual story of the Titanic has more than enough drama for any scriptwriter. Even James Cameron made sure he fitted it all in while he was dragging us through all that Jack and Rose malarkey.
Apart from this ITV drama being set on the Titanic (although it seldom felt like they were on a ship at all, never mind the Titanic) I still don't know what it was all about, such was my lack of interest in these characters.
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Last edited by the author on 18 Apr 2012 18:08:02 BDT
James Cameron did not fit it all in - he cut Capt. Arthur Rostron (who was knighted) of Carpathia completely OUT of his teen romance fiasco !
(Presumably as Capt. Rostron was British and Cameron was careful not to portray anyone British besides his Rose character in a positive light - hence the English Lightoller became a clueless twit & the Scottish Murdoch 'lost it' began shooting passengers then himself ! - while his suitably heroic handsome American Jack was superly cool throughout of course...)
Overall I agree tho' that this Julian Fellowes claptrap was confusing tedium badly constructed & so poorly acted
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