Titanic is one of the timeless classic movies released into the media in the recent times. It is an epic romantic film directed, produced, co-edited and written by James Cameron. Its success in the big screen remains unrivalled because of the momentous influence it had on its audience. It is a fictionalized account depicting the sinking of the Titanic; a ship meant to be the epitome of luxurious cruising. The movie is a witness recount of the events that led to the sinking of the ship and the actions that transpired before it went under. It is based on a true story of the ship by the same name, which was deemed indestructible but has come to a tragic destruction only decades before the release of the movie.
The movie Titanic stars Leonardo DiCaprio and Kate Winslet, two individuals of different social classes who found love amidst the disapproval of Kate’s parents and the rebuke of the society. They fell in love during the ill-fated maiden-voyage of the ship. Leonardo DiCaprio stares as American Jack Dawson who won a trip on the Titanic during a dockside card game. Aboard the ship, he meets an amazing woman, Rose DeWitt Bukater, on her way to Philadelphia to tie the knot with her rich but snobbish fiancé (Flicks Movie Review). She is from a rich family, whereas, he is from the poorest of families. Rose finds herself helplessly trapped in the situation because the marriage is not to her liking but she has to fulfill the desires of her rich parents.
It is difficult to convince them that an otherwise planned lifestyle is ideal for her. In an effort to end the misery she feels inside, she makes her way towards the aft deck and tries to commit suicide. Jack rescues her and her father, Cal, is obliged to extend an olive branch and invite him for dinner at their first-class table. The sight of his snobbish hosts and their feelings of grander are insufferable. He is amazed by Rose’s composure and her down-to-earth attitude (Flicks Movie Review). After dinner, he leads Rose to the third class part of the ship for a night of dancing, and she has the time of her life. Rose finds this lifestyle oddly titillating and does not wish to go back to her suite full of uptight individuals.
Learning of Jack’s prowess as an artist, she asks him to draw her nude body, wearing nothing but a blue pendant that her fiancé gave her. Jack has made a living out of selling sketches on the streets of Paris. She is ready to forsake her intended future for a life with Jack. Upon this discovery, Cal has Jack locked away. It is only soon afterwards that the ship is sunken by an iceberg that the captain discovered too little too late. Their romance is short lived because Jack succumbs to the freezing waters below (Flicks Movie Review).
The most exciting message in the movie is the manner with which different individuals can overcome their class barriers and form a timeless bond. There are many instances when Rose’s parents made Jack feel inadequate about his social class, but he never let them deter him from his mission of spending time with Rose. This is a depiction of the situation in the society. There are numerous children who are cast to live in the shadows of their rich parents, irrespective of whether they approve that lifestyle as fit for them or not. Disparity in social classes is a phenomenon rampant in the society today, and this movie was spot on in depicting this occurrence. The titanic is a classic, timeless piece of art because it addresses different situations as they appear in the society today. There are some instances when society single handedly locks out the less fortunate and deprives them of their needs simply because they do not have the right social class.
'The producer did a perfect job in recollecting and reconstructing the events that led to the sinking of the most powerful ship in the sea. He uses actors that bring the character of the movie to life and embody the parts that they are playing. Jack, played by Leonardo DiCaprio is a homeless, poor guy, and the epitome of the third class; a poor guy that the citizens of the first class would not dare to interact with. His presence on the ship is due to sheer luck because he won a game and a ticket for Titanic’s maiden voyage was his price. His attraction towards a lady from the first class is also a depiction of the manner with which his dreams eluded him by a long shot.
On the other hand, Rose, played by Kate Winslet, is a calm and down to earth lady whose fate lies in the decisions that her parents have made for her. She is set to wed her fiancé, also a rich first world member, but she does not approve of him. Her opinions are irrelevant because her parents have the last word. This is a movie worth watching because it is both educative and oddly titillating.
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