Titanic ★★★★★

Immaculate movie. The scale and feel of everything is this film feels so heavy and grand. The score, especially Hymn to the Sea which is legitimately one of the most emotionally stirring songs I’ve ever heard, is somehow iconic and also under appreciated at this point. It really captures the power and beauty of this story. The chemistry between Kate and Leo is superb and their onscreen sweetness and innocence is only made all the more wholesome when you learn that Leo is the godfather of Kate’s children in real life. 

The structure of this story is also put together so well. The first half of the film is a very playful, almost corny young romance that makes me swoon every time. And right when it feels like this part of the story is really starting to pay off, the iceberg happens. And everything changes. Then it becomes one of, if not the best, disaster films I’ve ever seen. The boat taking as long as it did to sink allowed for a second half that slowly swelled with tension and panic and a plethora of amazing scenes that also allowed Cameron to tap back into his knack for action and suspense. Brilliant structure to this film. 

The ending has been cause for a lot of discussion and debate, but to me it was the right way to end the film. Jack had to go. Young love has to end tragically. I don’t make the rules, that’s just how it is. And it’s so powerful! Everyone knows about the end, everyone knows it’s coming and it still works so well. I don’t care about someone doing the math, explaining to me how they both could’ve survived on the door. 

Titanic is a 10. Actually, Titanic is an 11. It’s unbelievably good. It’s one of the most immersive, beautiful, devastating, well made, grand, larger than life, innocent and all around romantic movies ever made. Thank god that this movie has had the success that it has. Timeless movie.

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