• Titanic -- Wonderfully grand achievement. Emotionally exhilarating, 10/10.
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This epic romantic disaster film written, directed, produced, and edited by the only person to visit the deepest part of the ocean, Hollywood icon James Cameron, was released just in time for Oscar contention in late 1997 - and with a $200 million dollar budget was the most expensive movie ever made, at the time. ... Although not intended to be an entirely historically accurate depiction of Titanic's voyage, the engaging story interweaves delicately, and effectively with true events. At this film's center is a remarkable love story between Leonardo DiCaprio, a poor artist relegated to steerage, and Kate Winslet, who plays the young, rich-socialite version of Stewart's character. Unfortunately, their steamy romance is interrupted when the massive ocean-liner strikes an ice-berg, and begins to slowly sink into the cold Atlantic ocean - a fate sternly predicted by ship designer Victor Garber. [CLIP] A disaster picture on the grandest scale, Cameron incredibly guides the audience through the chaos with carefully executed shots, coupled with some of the most astonishing visual effects in any film, past or present - to present us not only with a heart-wrenching and nail-biting final act, but an emotionally resounding one as well. The love-story here is one for the ages - the two young actors convey a truly magical romance, that even a few lines of corny dialogue can't ruin. While our lovable leading duo are incredibly easy on the eyes, and easy to root for, what elevates this film is the outstanding supporting cast. There are over 100 speaking roles here, and every character shines in one memorable scene after the next. It's no secret that a film this popular has it's detractors... but regardless of the its faults, there's something appealing and entertaining here for everyone. With the exception of some repetitive "out-run the rising water" sequences, every single scene of this 194-minute epic is littered with touching, exciting, erotic, and frightening moments that tug on every single human emotion, all building to an immensely violent, thrilling, and depressing final act. Cameron's trademark strong female lead charging the way through one of the greatest and most impressive films ever made. Technically speaking, there are zero-missteps here; from the shot composition, editing, sound effects to the music and costumes, everything here is filmmaking at its finest. Re-released on April 4, 2012 to commemorate the centenary of the tragedy, the newly applied post-converted 3D is expertly handled, and remarkably executed -- adding a new layer of depth and realism to this incredible motion picture. As groundbreaking today as it was 15 years ago, phrases like "I'm the King of the world", and "I'll never let go" still resonate... having been permanently burned into the public psyche. A monumental epic that's entertaining and enjoyable in every sense of the word, Titanic is a "Wonderfully grand achievement. Emotionally exhilarating."