Titanic is undeniably one of the most successful epic drama movie in history. Not only it became the highest grossing film (and remained so for twelve years, until Avatar, also written and directed by James Cameron, surpassed it in 2010), the characters, scenes and dialogues became iconic as well.
When Titanic became a global box office success in 2007, it was credited as “the love story [that] stole the world’s hearts”. The movie indeed won the hearts of many because of the love story of Jack Dawson (Leonardo DiCaprio) and Rose DeWitt Bukater (Kate Winslet), the curiosity of how the RMS Titanic sank… and of course, that famous nude scene where Rose asked Jack to paint her wearing only the diamond necklace a.k.a. the “heart of the ocean.”
Titanic garnered fourteen Academy Awards nominations, and won eleven, including the Best Picture and Best Director. It also picked up the awards for Best Cinematography, Best Costume Design, Best Visual Effects, Best Sound (Gary Rydstrom, Tom Johnson, Gary Summers, Mark Ulano), Best Sound Effects Editing, Best Original Dramatic Score, Best Film Editing, Best Original Song, and Best Art Direction.
Here are some of the movie’s best and famous lines:
Jack: “I’m the king of the world!!!”
Jack: Step up on the railing. Hold on, hold on. Keep your eyes closed. Do you trust me?
Rose: I trust you.
Jack: All right. Open your eyes.
Rose: I’m flying, Jack!
Rose: Jack, I want you to draw me like one of your French girls. Wearing this (diamond necklace)…
Jack: All right.
Rose: Wearing only this.
Rose: When the ship docks, I’m getting off with you.
Jack: This is crazy.
Rose: I know. It doesn’t make any sense. That’s why I trust it
Rose: I love you, Jack.
Jack: Don’t you do that, don’t say your good-byes. Not yet, do you understand me?
Rose: I’m so cold.
Jack: Listen, Rose. You’re gonna get out of here, you’re gonna go on and you’re gonna make lots of babies, and you’re gonna watch them grow. You’re gonna die an old… an old lady warm in her bed, not here, not this night. Not like this, do you understand me?
Rose: I can’t feel my body.
Jack: Winning that ticket, Rose, was the best thing that ever happened to me… it brought me to you. And I’m thankful for that, Rose. I’m thankful. You must do me this honor. Promise me you’ll survive. That you won’t give up, no matter what happens, no matter how hopeless. Promise me now, Rose, and never let go of that promise.
Rose: I promise.
Jack: Never let go.
Rose: I’ll never let go, Jack. I’ll never let go.
Carpathia Steward: Can I take your name, please love?
Rose: Dawson, Rose Dawson.
I could go on and on and on and the list will be forever. That’s the magic created by Titanic. It’s more than 10 years and still, every words and every scenes still sounds new.
But honestly speaking, I don’t consider myself a big fan of the movie. The first time I saw it in 2007, I hated it. I hated the love story but I was in total awe when Titanic started sinking. I felt Jack and Rose’s love story is too mushy. Add the fact that all the girls go nuts over Leonardo DiCaprio is very irritating at that time.
But if I will choose what my favorite scenes were, some of it includes the whole scene when the Titanic is sinking. Just the thought of it being a true story, gives me the chill and I can really feel the passenger’s pain and panic. I also shed some tears when the band didn’t stop playing music to calm the passengers; the old couples hugging each other on bed waiting for their end; and that final moment when there were so many dead people floating in the water.
When it was announced last year that the movie will be re-released in 3D, I have mixed emotions of how it will fair now in the international box office. The movie was showed in theaters for more than 10 months in 2007. Its video release also became the best-selling DVD of 1999 and early 2000, becoming the first DVD ever to sell one million copies.
The 3D conversion doesn’t give justice to the re-released Titanic though. I didn’t find anything new or anything special with the 3D version. Although it will still give you the same intense like when you first saw it in the big screen. Honestly speaking, you can still enjoy watching this even not on 3D. But of course it is more enjoyable to watch on the big screen. Titanic after all, is one movie you will love to see over and over again.
Titanic is written and directed by James Cameron, produced by James Cameron and Jon Landau. The movie stars Leonardo DiCaprio, Kate Winslet, Billy Zane, Frances Fisher, Gloria Stuart, Bill Paxton, Kathy Bates, Danny Nucci, Bernard Hill, Victor Garber, Eric Braeden. Music by James Horner featuring one of Celine Dion’s greatest (and also, worst) song “My Heart Will Go On.”
Titanic 3D opens in theaters worldwide starting April 4 for a limited time only. Released under 20th Century Fox, Paramount Pictures and Lightstorm Entertainment.