1 Year, 100 Movies: #83 Titanic (1997)

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For 1 Year, 100 Movies, I will watch all of AFI’s 100 Years, 100 Movies list (compiled in 2007) in one year- and will complete a goal on my 2013 Manifesto. Come along on the ride with me- oh, and please pass the popcorn!

I can’t believe how much I’d missed seeing this movie when I watched it! It’s been literally years. What’s funny is I’d never been super emotional about it before, but the end serisouly choked me up- especially *MOVIE SPOILER* at the very end of the movie when the present day elderly Rose passes away and ‘returns’ to the Titanic where everyone that perished whom she knew is there- with Jack at the top of the stairs by the clock waiting for her.

For everyone who has been living under a rock, Titanic was the love story of Jack and Rose, two people with similar wants in life, who grew up either without privilege (Jack) or with TONS of privilege (Rose) – and Leonardo DiCaprio and Kate Winslet are magnificent in their representations of the characters. The story is fiction, but based around the all-to real true story of the Titanic. They meet as she is thinking about throwing herself off the ship because she feels constricted and is being forced to marry a verbally abusive and unloving man who has money. Jack talks her down, and as a thanks her family invites him to dine with them. Jack and Rose start a relationship and spend several happy days aboard Titanic before the incident with the iceberg. Rose has to rescue Jack from inside the ship and then they spend their time trying to survive. At last once they have made it to the point where they are in the ocean – but no lifeboats- Jack has Rose float on the clock (I still think they didn’t try too hard to make it work for both of them) and they wait it out. *ANOTHER SPOILER* Jack dies in the freezing water and Rose has to say a heartbreaking goodbye to him before she jumps in the water and takes a man’s whistle to alert the distant lifeboat that she needs to be rescued. Once they are on the Carpathia she gives her name as ‘Rose Dawson’ taking Jack’s last name.

I love the end scene where Rose is back where she belongs with Jack because the premise around the story is that we are in the present day where they are recovering objects and learning about the Titanic. We see Rose and Jack’s story come full circle. I’ve always had a thing for the story of the Titanic- owning several books on the subject and basing several class and 4-H projects around the event. I’ve been to the mini-Titanic exhibit in Branson, and when the Titanic Artifact Exhibition came to KCMO last year I had to go- you can see that post here. This movie is just another way for me to express my interest in Titanic. It’s awesome it’s on the top 100 list, and is one of the most recent movies to boot.

In my humble, non-professional, average movie-goer opinion this movie earns:

four_half-stars_0

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