Réka’s review published on Letterboxd:
"I figure life's a gift and I don't intend on wasting it. You don't know what hand you're gonna get dealt next. You learn to take life as it comes at you, to make each day count."
Wow! I couldn't be more glad that I have decided to re-watch Titanic after all these years as I haven't even remembered some of its important details. This was the first film during my childhood that managed to make me feel so nervous that I was feeling sick to my stomach and that feeling still remained for me after all these years because the events especially towards the end when the panic starts to set in are obviously too painful to watch. The filmmaking and powerful performances simply took my breath away, and I simply can't believe what a masterpiece Titanic actually is.
I was definitely able to appreciate the film more this time in terms of having such well-written characters, dialogue, and incredible storytelling as these elements have contributed a lot in order for me to become invested in the story and to care about the characters' lives beyond the ship. I don't even know how many times I have cried while watching this, but I was especially a mess by the end when we could see all the photos of Rose's life, knowing that she has fulfilled her promise to Jack and lived a full live, even if she never loved anyone the same way she did Jack.
Kate Winslet and Leonardo DiCaprio are obviously both phenomenal and have the best chemistry on screen. Their performances simply stole my heart, it is because of them that Rose and Jack's relationship is so special to me and has become one of my favorite love stories ever that has been put into film. It was painfully harrowing to watch three hours of this in the best possible way. The scene where Rose is hesitant to leave the ship on a lifeboat and glances upward at Jack was heartbreakingly spectacular with the actors' facial expressions. That moment broke me down into actual tears.
Titanic is simply a cinematic masterpiece in every single way possible, from the cinematography, astounding soundtrack/score, along with the details, dramatic effects, powerful performances and fantastically fast-paced storytelling. It is unlike any other film I have ever seen in this genre and that is what makes this film so legendary, and such a memorable yet emotional viewing experience.