My Heart Will Go On

Titanic is currently the 2nd highest grossing movie in the world (although it was #1 for a long time). As well as one of James Cameron’s finest filmmaking achievements. His fondness for water makes it a perfect fit. Of course everyone already knows the true story of the unsinkable ship that tragically sank. But did you know about the two star-crossed lovers who met and fell in love on this doomed vessel. I was first introduced to Titanic when I saw it in my parents VHS collection. You might recall that 3 hour movies used to come with two tapes instead of one. It wasn’t until about 7 years later that I finally decided to watch the movie. Like everyone else, I was blown away by the enormous visuals, captivating romance, and true sense of danger. Any problem is very minor and usually pointed out by everyone (I’ll get to the door scene). As far as its tremendous billion dollar box office gross is concerned, it still amazes me that a movie this long and romantic made so much money. Never underestimate the power of a female audience…

Jack (left) teaches Rose (right) how to fly

Titanic actually opens in the modern day. With a salvage team searching the wreck of RMS Titanic for the Heart of the Ocean. A rare blue heart-shaped diamond necklace. These are the only scenes that feature Bill Paxton because he’s really more of a modern guy. The team doesn’t find the Heart, but they do find a drawing. An elderly woman named Rose recognises herself in the drawing and is thus invited to go back to the Titanic. This is where the movie really begins. Kate Winslet portrays Rose DeWitt Bukater. A wealthy young woman stuck with a horrible fiancé. Meanwhile Leonardo DiCaprio portrays Jack Dawson. A poor artist trying to live his best life (he’s “the king of the world!”). Their paths cross when Rose threatens to jump, but Jack saves her just in time. Which sets up a passionate relationship that includes dinner with the upper class and dancing with the lower class. Their romance is only strengthened by scenes such as “I’m flying,” where Jack holds Rose up to the front of the Titanic. As well as “I want you to draw me like one of your French girls.” Probably the most well-known scene of the two. Since Jack draws Rose when she’s fully naked (and the movie still received a PG-13 rating). Of course all this romance eventually leads to them making love in a steamy car. What makes Titanic truly well made is how James Cameron managed to seamlessly blend fictional characters with real life people and events. Jack and Rose are fictional, but people like “The Unsinkable Molly Brown” or the band that continued playing are not. The tragedy of the iceberg hitting the Titanic and its subsequent sinking are never glamorized. Their crucial parts of Jack and Rose’s original story. It’s just how their story ends that people can’t help but point out. SPOILER ALERT! When Jack lets Rose stay on the door, losing his life in the process. With “I’ll never let go Jack” being her final words to him. Jack’s death may have been preventable, but I can’t help but to cry everytime I see it. Titanic not only received financial success, but critical acclaim as well. Earning the movie 14 nominations and 11 wins! Most notably Best Picture, Best Director, and Best Original Song for Celine Dion’s hit song “My Heart Will Go On.” It’s definitely been played many times since its creation. Titanic is a disaster that will never be forgotten and a movie that we’ll never let go.

Titanic

The Titanic sinks

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