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I did see this film several years ago, after it came out on video, and thought it was good, but not worth all the hype (but I find that to be true with almost all films that are touted as “the greatest ever.” They almost never live up to the hype, do they)?

I decided to watch it again this week, though, since my son has become interested in the subject after we saw an exhibit with artifacts brought up from the wreck of the Titanic a couple of weeks ago. Watching it again, keeping in mind the historical facts of the tragedy, made this a really moving – and difficult – film to watch. So many lives lost, and mostly from poor judgement on the part of several people. In any case, it is well worth watching (even if the romance is a bit over-the-top for my taste). My son enjoyed it, as well, and I think it gave him a good visual idea of what it must have been like – the special effects were impressively done.

So sad, though, and not because of any trick of the filmmakers. It’s such a tragic story, and still seems so today, in spite of the fact that all those people would be dead by now, one way or another. Somehow, that doesn’t seem to matter.


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Aug. 23rd, 2006 01:17 am (UTC)
The only part I really didn't like was the beginning and the end with the old Rose. Of course, when I told L, she said it was because I wasn't romantic. Moi!?!?!?! LOL
Aug. 23rd, 2006 01:23 am (UTC)
LOL! Yeah, that was my least favourite part of the film the first time I saw it. I always thought, "WTF is that old beyotch thinking - why didn't she give it to her GRANDDAUGHTER?" (Of course, I, too, have been accused of being unromantic. But WHATEVAH! Who has time for romance when one is trying to keep an empire together, right)? ;)

But somehow, this time around, I didn't mind it so much (the old Rose stuff). It did give a certain continuity to the film, and also broke the tension in some spots (which was a good thing for me). :)
Aug. 23rd, 2006 01:26 am (UTC)
Yes, isn't it romantic that she loved him so much that she made a memorial to him of a $5 million necklace instead of curing cancer with the money or something...stupid beyatch indeed!

And, I have "romance minions" for that stuff. Too busy...too busy....
Aug. 23rd, 2006 02:27 am (UTC)
I actually just saw a display of artifacts from the Titanic last month at the Science Center of Iowa. It really was amazing, and so very sad.
Aug. 23rd, 2006 05:49 am (UTC)
That's why I was bawling at the movie theatre, which I've never done before or since. It was those people dying who didn't need to, and the attitudes, and how stupid it all was.
Aug. 23rd, 2006 05:38 pm (UTC)
I know I'm in the minority here, but I hated this movie. Some friend of mine convinced me that I just couldn't miss it, so my at-that-time boyfriend and I went to see it. We both hated it. (Hmm. We were a well-matched couple in some ways.) I thought it was too long, the characters were unappealing, the romance was mawkish, and Leonard Decaprio is funny-looking, can't act, and his character took WAY too long to die. We were seriously rooting for the iceberg. We would have left the theater except that we're both functionally incapable of not seeing the end of a movie. The sets were cool, though.
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