Luke Patton’s review published on Letterboxd:
I'd rather be his whore than your wife.
A remarkable collaboration between breathtaking visuals, bespoke and authentic set-design and emotionally authoritative storytelling. James Cameron's Titanic isn't just something that you watch, but something you experience.
You don't even notice its colossal 194-minute runtime. The ship's dramatic descent towards the bottom of the Atlantic wasn't even what drew you in, it was Kate and Leo's chemistry. The emotional weight this film carried pegged alongside the big-budget effects created something genuinely monumental, it was a turbulent love affair on steroids.
The entire cast were perfectly assembled. Bates as the flamboyant, larger-than-life Molly, Fisher as the stern-faced Mother whose selfish desire to maintain wealth burdened her daughters relationship, and Zane as the callous Bond villain. I could go on and on, but the sentiment is that everybody had an interesting story to tell before the endgame in the final hour.
Fundamentally though, Winslet and DiCaprio were the real success story here, posing as the passionate and love stricken lady and the tramp. Titanic remains one of the best love stories ever told on the big-screen.